Head of Israel's Olympic team, Schmuel Lalkin, said in Tel Aviv this week that his team would abide by Canada's ruling that no one must take their own security guards to the Olympic Games in Montreal next month. 11 Israeli sportsmen were killed by Arab guerrillas during the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972.
SV INTERIOR Mr. Lalkin facing reporter
CU Mr. Lalkin listening to reporter's questions and answering
WEAVER: "It's been reported that Canada has refused permission for any team to take along its own body guards.In other words, nobody, not even the Israelis, is going to be allowed to look after themselves. What do you say to this?"
LALKIN: "All I can say to this is that I've been to Montreal. I went there a month ago to see the sports arena, the facilities, the various sports venues and so on. I saw the army camps around that village and all I can say is that I'm positive that the Canadians will not repeat the mistake of Munich. Not because of Israel. They have a lot of problems. (LALKIN) I don't know, probably domestic problems,it's not only the Israelis and I'm sure that they'll take every security measure needed to secure the 10,000 sportsmen who'll be there. It's not an Israeli problem only and I think they're doing a fine job. I think we can depend on the Canadians."
WEAVER: "But will you be taking any of your own security people as an extra precaution?"
LALKIN: "All I can tel you is that it's in the paper saying that Mr. Toupin was in charge of the security. Just announced that no one was allowed to bring his own security and that will go for the Israeli team, sure. If it's not allowed then nobody will bring their security men. Once it has been announced in the paper, probably it will be on TV. Once they say no then it means no to everybody and that includes Israel."
In a statement on Olympic security made in Montreal this week a spokesman said that Canadian police and troops would provide security for each Olympic team, including Israel, and nobody will be allowed to mount its own security operation. The Israeli team will be housed in separate quarters under close guard throughout the games and tight security will be imposed on all airports. Visitors from Middle Eastern countries will require special visas to cross into Canada from the United States and Canadian troops are now patrolling the U.S.-Canadian border.
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Background: Head of Israel's Olympic team, Schmuel Lalkin, said in Tel Aviv this week that his team would abide by Canada's ruling that no one must take their own security guards to the Olympic Games in Montreal next month. 11 Israeli sportsmen were killed by Arab guerrillas during the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Lalkin was speaking to Visnews reporter Bob Weaver about the Canadian decision and about newspaper reports that said Israel would provide its own security measures for the Olympic Games this year.