In Jerusalem, the Israeli government has warned it was not prepared to tolerate the attacks that Syrian troops have been making against Christian communities in southern and northern Lebanon.
SV AND SCU: Yigal Allon, Chairman of Israel's Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Lebanon, speaking in English as newsmen listen. (5 shots)
ALLON: "Maybe it was the intention of the Syrians to exploit the eve of this (Camp David) conference in order to establish new facts in Lebanon, with the hope that Israel will find itself with a strain more than it should be. I don't think that the Christian Community of Lebanon should fall victim to the good intentions of the Camp David conference. Movement which seems to me directed from north to south in order to cut off the only outlet of the Christian community to the Mediterranean is becoming a sort of preparation of a large offensive against the Christian community in Lebanon. As far as Israel is concerned, I think government and opposition are united with the very deep concern. I think that the Syrians should realise that they are pushing too far beyond the certain line of any country. As much as we all want to avoid any military confrontation, it's beyond what we can accept. It isn't too late that important international powers can persuade Damascus to stop."
On Monday (28 August) Syrian President Hafez al-Assad warned from Damascus that, if Israel tried to intervene in Lebanese fighting, Syria would 'confront the aggression'. The Chairman of Israel's Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, Mr Moshe Arens, said the same day in Jerusalem that President Assad and the Syrian army might be using the imminent Camp David talks as a cover for their actions. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin is expected to raise the Lebanese question when he meets President Carter at the Israeli-Egyptian peace talks at Camp David in Maryland next week.
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Background: In Jerusalem, the Israeli government has warned it was not prepared to tolerate the attacks that Syrian troops have been making against Christian communities in southern and northern Lebanon. Israel has asked the United States to tell Syria of grave Israeli concern about these attacks. Israeli leaders charge that the Syrian assaults are designed to wipe out the Christian communities, long supported by Israel, and to take over Lebanon. The chairman of Israel's Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Lebanon, Mr. Yigal Allon, said on Monday (28 August) that the international powers had to persuade Syria to stop their attacks.