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ats Extend ler Term Conference Head RABI /YORK, (JTA) -- In Unprecedented action, the Con- of Presidents of American Jewish voted to term of its chair- Alexander who has corn- one-year terms, of office of chairman. of confidence in a response to from the White attempts to dis- and the nts Conference," Shapiro, Alliance man of the ng committee of Conference, conference. new term in to extend for a year, Shapiro to elabor- "pressure" com- the White House. who also dec- describe "the from the White however, to recent media about friction bet- raself and President National Security r Zbigniew made no personal at_ anyone at any Caindler said at the . He nat he did not refer as an "anti- lle accuse, d,,the Personalizing and the nature of his ement with "There is no ray mind that he is Schindler said. was quoted last the New York Saying that Carter "a question mark" and that Jews had doubts about replied to the American Jews "'if you don't agree with us...we're going- to stamp you as an anti- Semite."' Brzezinski said the attacks on him were a "subtle kind of pressure" and part of a policy of "intimidation" being con- ducted in "public and pri- vately by Jewish leaders." Asked today to describe the relations between American Jewry and the Carter Administration, Schindler said: "I think they are not bad or tense as they are described to be." But he said there are differences and that there are aspects of the Administration's Mideast policy that are not acceptable to the Presidents Conference. At the same time, he said, "we are pleased" with the team at the State Depart- ment which is helping to bring the negotiations bet- ween Egypt and Israel to a successful conclusion. He also noted that support is forthcoming from the "political section" of the White House, from such key figures as Vice President Walter Mondale and Presi- dent Carter's advisors Stewart Eizenstat and Hamilton Jordan. Schindler denied that he ever said that "Carter was a question mark" in the eyes of American Jews because of his Mideast policy. He added, however, that "we have suspicions, that grew after (Mark) Siegel's resignation that the National Security Council espouses a policy that is not favorable to us." Siegel, whoas Carter's liaison with the American Jewish com- munity, ended his duties at the White House Tuesday night. Schindler noted that there is a divergence of views among the American Jewish community on Israel's policy, but this cannot be read as an erosion in support for Israel. "If we perceived an undue pressure on Israel or a danger to Israel's security we will be united," Schindler declared. IIENACHEM DE61N WiTH PRES. CARTER Compromise In Begin Talks March Carter and rne Minister Begin are con- finding a corn- resuming peace EgYpt, but little Is reported. taking a firm refusal to give in either the West Bank but arces sav that he le estab- lishment of any new out- posts as a concession toward resuming talks with Egyp- tian President, Anwar Sadat. President Carter repor- tedly was seeking a broader definition from Begin regarding UN Resolution 242, but the Israeli leader was adamant in his interpretation that it meant withdrawal of some, not necessarily all, of the occupied territory. HERITA6E, Friday, March 24, 1976, Page 3 THE BURNED-OUT WRECKABE ef Hie hijacked Ions is lifted elite a trick for reineval as immstiRatleli Ilite Hoe PLO attack ISiS el Image of a Killer. Terrorist Interviewed-. By YITZHAK SHARGIL TEL AVIV, (JTA) -- An 18-year-old Palestinian ter- rorist calmly faced television cameras here and said the March 11 rampage that took the lives of 32 Israeli civi- lians was a "mistake" but he was not sure he regretted it. By "mistake," Hossein Ibrahim Mahmoud Fayad, one of the two surviving ter- rorist, meant that the bloody mission he helped carry out was a failure. He said the mission was to free five fellow terrorist from an Israeli jail -- five whose names he said he did not know. "We were ready to kill everybody, men, women and children and ourselves as well if our demands were not met," he said, Asked if he felt remorse, he replied, "I don't know." Fayad addressed scores of newsmen and television crews at a press conference at the Beth Sokolow jour- nalist' center here. He was flanked by two white- helmeted Israeli military policemen carrying sub- machine guns and two interpreters who translated his Arabic into Hebrew and English. Like Telling About A Te Party His story added little to the detailed accounts of the tragedy already published. What struck the listeners most was the matter-of-fact way he spoke of the multiple murders he and his compa- nions perpetrated. "He might have been telling about a tea party," one reporter observed later. He described the murder of the terrorists' first victim, 39-year-old Gail Rubin, an American photographer accosted on the beach at Maagen Michael where the gang landed and found themselves lost. "We asked her where we were and then killed her," Fayad said. "We were in a hurry. We thought it was too dangerous to leave her alive." Rubin's car was too small, "'so two of us went to the highway and took over a Mercedes taxi and killed the driver," he said. Without emotion, he related the hijacking of two buses and the herding of their passengers into .one of them. "Those that did not want to get into the bus were killed," he said. He con- firmed that the terrorists fired indiscriminately at civi- lians and passing vehicles as the bus raced at 60 mph toward Tel Aviv. He said he wasn't sure if his shots had killed anyone. Joined Fatah in 1977 Fayad was born in Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip and lived for eight years in Rafah where he completed two years of school. His family then moved to Cairo where he completed'his elementary and high school education and attended a telchers seminary for one year. One June 2, 1977, Fayad joined El Fatah, the terrorist branch of the Palestine Liberation Organization, in Lebanon. He underwent basic training which included instruction in the use of Soviet-made Kalachnikof automatic rifles and other weapons and how to handle explosives. After volunteering for the deadly mission, 'he was given a refresher course and instructions in small boat handling and house-to- house combat. Those courses were conducted at a base called Kasmiyeh near Rule Nazi Must Testify ' NEW YORK, March 13 (JTA) -- Federal Judge Constance Motley has ruled that Boleslavs Maikovskis, a 73-year-old retired carpenter living in Mineola, N.Y., must testify at a deportation hearing in connection with charges he concealed a war- time record of atrocities in his native Latvia when he entered the United States in 1951. Judge Motley rejected Maikovskis' argument he could avoid giving testimony by use of the Fifth Amend- ment. She ruled that depor- tation was not a criminal liability which would allow the privilege against self- incrimination. The deportation hearing against Maikovskis i+s expected to resume her'e shortly before Francis Lyons; a judicial officer of the U.S. Immigration and tlization Service. Damour, a small port in south Lebanon. The terrorists, originally 13 in number, left the har- bor at Tyre on March 8 aboard a mother ship, the name and flag of which Fayad claimed hedid not know. Their destination was Tel Aviv. The next day they were dropped at sea on two rubber rafts and the mother ship departed. The terrorists lost their compass and were at sea for three days until they noticed -lights and made tiaeii way to shore where they landed March 11. About 150 meters from the beach, a heavy surf + capsized one of the rafts and two of its six occupants were drowned. The body of one of them was subsequently washed ashore south of Haifa. Fayad was asked why he joined El Fatah. He said he did so for family reasons but would not elaborate. Asked if he has changed his mind about El Fatah, he said he did not know. Letter to Pres. Carter Editor's Note: HERITAGE heard about, and requested permission to print, this letter, in the belief that the content would be of interest to our readers. Dear Mr. President: It is Tuesday evening March 13, and I want to tell you about my day. It started in prayer at a synagogue in Florida and it ended there in protest against the outrageous and brutal attack committed against the people of Israel on the Sabbath. It is interesting, Mr. President, to begin one's day in prayeer and to end it in protest. Let me explain. Perhaps, then you will understand the Jewish people, their bond to Israel, and their struggle to survive. They come in the early morning hours, the men of the Minyan (congregation of at least ten adult males), for com- munal prayer. It is ironic, but the older men walk more spryly from the parking lot to the synogogue than the younger men. I am invariably late, having engaged in spiritual struggle with the alarm clock. Each huddles individually reciting the prayers for clothing himself in the Tallis (prayer shawl) and placing the Tfillen on arm and forehead. There is a certain feeling of strength in tying the straps of the Tfillen on one's forearm. To accomplish it one has to flex his muscles. Finally, one of the men approaches the Bimah and in tra- ditional cadence begins the morning blessings. Nothing startling, Mr. President, except that Jews together are praying just as they have done every morning for the past three thousand years and'just as they will be doing three thousand years from now. Tonight they also came. The same old men, walking a little slower. The same young men. But tonight many more came. They brought their wives, their children, their neighbors and their friends. They came to protest the atrocities committed against the Jewish people by the PLO; they came to protest the inhuman treatment of Soviet Jews; they came to protest the Nazi. threats within our own borders and they came to protest an amoral foreign policy being directed by a moral man. They are asked to take risks for peace and to hurry into settlement in time for the next election. The history and destiny of the Jewish people, Mr. President, are not measured in four year presidential terms. They have learned a lesson which you must learn, Mr. - President. The quest for peace requires patience, unders- tanding and strength. Their fervent desire for peace will not be allowed to weaken their resolve to survive as the Jewish people in Eretz Israel. The oil crisis will pass. The PLO terrorists will dissappear from the face of the earth. A new president will be elected. The men of the Minyan will come in the early morning hours ..... MEL PEARLMAN Orlando