Exceptionally tight security precautions were in force at Orly airport for the arrival of the Israeli Prime Minister.
Exceptionally tight security precautions were in force at Orly airport for the arrival of the Israeli Prime Minister. Mrs. Golda Meir. She was in Paris to attend a two-day meeting of the Socialist International. There have been threats against her, as well as against the Austrian Chancellor, Herr Kreisky, who is also Jewish and one of the four other national leaders to attend the Paris meeting. Tension over Mrs. Meir's visit rose on Wednesday when the office of the Jewish Agency was wrecked by a bomb and the Black September Group claimed responsibility. Earlier this week, a representative of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation in France was killed. For security reasons, Mrs. Meir is staying at the Israeli Embassy.
The Socialist International Meeting itself has been a centre of controversy since President Pompidou of France called it inopportune because of the approaching French election.
SYNOPSIS: Tight security measures this weekend at Orly Airport.
The security clampdown is for the arrival of the Israeli Prime Minister, Mrs. Golda Meir who's to attend the two-day meeting of Socialist International. There have been threats against her, and tension has been building up since earlier this week when a representative of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation was killed and a bomb exploded at the Israeli Agency in Paris. The Black September Group claim they caused the explosion.
For security reasons, Mrs. Meir will stay at the Israeli Embassy. Four other national leaders are attending the Socialist international, among them Herr Kreisky, the Austrian Chancellor. He too is Jewish and threats have also been made against him.
President Pompidou of France condemned the foreign leaders for attending the meeting and claimed it was an inopportune intrusion into French political life, in view of the approaching French election. French opinion, both to the left and to the right, also criticised the foreign leaders.
The security men surrounding Mrs. Meir were taking no chances. Hundreds of Arabs live in France, and officials feared some might take the opportunity to demonstrate their feelings towards the Israeli Prime Minister. To lessen the security risk, and the avoid further strain on Franco-Israeli relations, Mrs. Meir is keeping her engagements to a minimum. At the Luxembourg Palace, where she will be attending the Socialist meeting, heavy police reinforcements will be on hand in case of trouble and there are emergency plans for evacuation should it become necessary.