Israeli protests that the Egyptians have violated the Middle East ceasefire -- by moving Soviet-made SAM missiles nearer the Suez Canal -- were lodged at the U.
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MV Rabin speaking to newsmen
QUESTION: "From what you can tell, when were these missiles moved closer to the canal?"
RABIN: "Er, I believe it started about several hours prior to the ceasefire, and continued after that".
QUESTION: "How long did it continue afterwards?"
RABIN: "Well, er, I wouldn't like to go into details"
QUESTION: "You have photographic evidence now, sir?"
RABIN: "We have got evidence, and I am not going to detail what king of evidence."
QUESTION: "Mr. Ambassador, can peace talks start now until this situation is clarified?"
RABIN: "Well, er, it is up to the Israeli government to decide, I am in no position to say that the result of it will stop the developments in the diplomatic field."
QUESTION: "If the United States does nothing, what does your government propose to do to meet this situation?"
RABIN: "Well, we prefer not to talk about what we'll do, especially in the military field"
QUESTION: "Were you given any assurances by Mr. Sisco today?"
RABIN: "Well, we have talked and I am going to disclose any details of my talk with him".
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Background: Israeli protests that the Egyptians have violated the Middle East ceasefire -- by moving Soviet-made SAM missiles nearer the Suez Canal -- were lodged at the U.S. State Department, Washington, by Israel's Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin yesterday (Thursday).
After a meeting with Assistant Secretary of State Joseph Sisco, Ambassador Rabin told newsmen that Israel had concrete evidence that the Egyptian missiles had been moved closer to the canal. He had asked Washington to seek the removal of the missiles: