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HERITAGE, Florida Jewish News, May 11, 1979 Page 7 'Friendly Tourist Relations' Predicted for Egypt, Israel NEW YORK (JTA)-- Gideon Patt, Israel's Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, predicted that friendly tourist relations between Israel and Egypt "will develop much faster than we imagine" and before long thousands of Israeli and Egyptian tourists will be exchanging visits between their countries. Noting that Israel and Egypt will declare their borders open on May 27, Pat told a press luncheon at the St. Regis Hotel that "it will be a question of days, maybe weeks," before the flow of tourists starts on both sides. He predicted that within a three-month period after May 27, land links will be established between the two countries. He said the tourist industries of Israel and Egypt would benefit from the influx of millions of tourists from all over the world who will visit both on package tours. Patt stressed the importance of tourism to Israel's economy. Pat said his ministry has set a goal of two million tourists from all parts of the world by the year 1982-83 and that it was aiming especially to increase the number of American tourists to a half million by 1980-81, which, he said, means increasing the number of non-Jewish tourists. For Tourists He disclosed that l, 176,000 tourists visited Israel in ! 978 of whom 293,000 were from the United States. In order to increase the tourist traffic, Part said his making efforts to improve sen,ices for visitors. He said he is "'sure" that there will be cooperation in the future between the Israeli and Egyptian tourism ministries, particularly in the area of package tours. But, he added, this will require negotiations between the two ministries. He said he is anxious to meet with his Egyptian countej'part to discuss cooperative ventures. With respect to the fate of Israeli tourist facilities in Sinai, particularly the resorts built by Israel on the Red Sea, Patt said they would continue to operate over the next three years while Israel is engagd in withdrawing its forces from Sinai, Hadassah Regional. Conference Stoj on Page 1 BLANCHE KAMINSKY "WE VOLUNTEERS." sung by Estelte Felneman and Sally Gicherman in "Hadassah's Miracle." carr/ed the theme of the corwentlon weekend. i HADASSAH HUSBANDS Joined performers for the finals of "Hadassah Miracle," presented Monday night at the conuention. HERBAGE po,  B D, mo.,y Tory Government Faces Dilemma LONDON (JTA) -- The conb'adictions of Britain's Middle East policy are likely to be highlighted under the new Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher. Unlike the Labor Party, the Conservatives have no deep sentimental attachment to Israel and will be more hard nosed in pursuing Britain's national interests and her traditional links with the Arab world, On the other hand, the Conservatiw. favor a tougher line against terrorism and may be prepared to bracket the Palestine liberation Organ- ization with the hated terrorists in Northern Ireland. Lord Carrington, the new Foreign Secretary, shares a similar outlook to the last Conservative who held the post, ,Sir Alec Douglas Home (now Lord Home). In a famous speech in Harrogat e in 1970, Home said Israel should hand back all of Sinai and almost all the West Bank in exchange for peace, He also said the Palestine Arabs should be enabled to express their politica! aspirations. In the new House of Commons, foreign policy will be explained by Sir lan Gilmour, a strong pro-Arab sympathizer, who has joined the Cabinet as Lord Privy Seal. On the other hand, both Mrs. Thatcher and William Whitelaw, the Home Secretary and Deputy Premier, are well disposed to Israel. Mrs. Thatcher was for many years the head of an Anglo-Israel friendship group in her Finchley, London, consti- tuency which has a sizeable Jewish population. Whitelaw visited Israel early this year and is on record as saying Israel should keep the Golan Heights. Yet both of them were members of the last Conserva- tive government, under Edward Heath, which at the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War blocked a shipment of ammunition bound for Israel. Since then, a Large pro-Israeli lobby has sprung up in the Conservative Party which clair,:3 more Parliamentary members than its much older Labor Party counterpart. On a personal level, though, Mrs. Thatcher may find she has more in common with Israel's first non-Socialist Prime Minister Manachem Begin, who, like her, ended a long entrenched Labor Party reign. Like Begin, Mrs. Thatche4 personally favors the execution of terrorist murderers and preaches traditional family virtues.