Israeli Prime Minister Mrs. Golda Meir made a scathing attack on Thursday (10 September) on?
Israeli Prime Minister Mrs. Golda Meir made a scathing attack on Thursday (10 September) on western nations and U.N. Secretary-General U Thant. She said that the world was now paying the price of its earlier complacency over the detention of hijacked Israeli passengers in Algeria and Damascus.
Speaking to a meeting of pioneer women in Tel Aviv Mrs. Golda Meir made an angry reference to U Thant. She reminded the audience that the "great observer of the world sitting in the 38th floor and determining in his wisdom who is behaving properly and who improperly" had discouraged airline pilots from a protest strike after the hijacking of an El Al airliner to Algeria in 1968.
A terse statement issued after an extraordinary meeting of the Cabinet soon afterwards said: "The government insists on the immediate release of all the hijacked passengers without exception."
U Thant called on Thursday for further international action to put a stop to hijackings, which he called "this return to the law of the jungle".