Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin has denounce the tough speech that Egyptian President Anwar Sadat delivered in Cairo on Saturday (20 January).
GV INTERIOR Israeli Premier Menachem Begin walks down steps of Knesset and goes to microphone. (2 shots)
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BEGIN: 'Whilst the political committee was deliberating and making progress towards an agreement on a joint declaration of principles, President Sadat decided to recall the Egyptian delegation to Cairo. Thus, we were disrupted in the negotiations in the political committee, in which the Secretary of State of the United State of the United States (Mr. Cyrus Vance) participated too. Before the Egyptian People's Assembly, President Sadat made an extremely aggressive speech and addressed to Israel ultimata that are totally unacceptable. Facing this situation, the government of Israel decided to postpone the date of departure of the Israeli delegation to the discussions of the military committee in Cairo. The government of Israel will, in the near future, discuss again the issue of the departure of the Israeli delegation to the military committee in Cairo.'
In his Cairo speech on Saturday, President Sadat had made plain he expected Israel to agree on full withdrawal from captured Arab territory and to pledge self-determination for Palestinian Arabs before any real negotiations could be resumed. Last week, President Sadat had ordered home his delegation to the Cairo peace talks because he did not consider Israel had made any worthwhile concessions. Mr. Begin said Sunday that his government hoped Egypt would 'act to prevent insults against the honour of the Jewish people and the Jewish state in order to achieve a proper atmosphere for the calm discussions in which Israel remains interested'.
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Background: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin has denounce the tough speech that Egyptian President Anwar Sadat delivered in Cairo on Saturday (20 January). Delivering an Israeli Cabinet statement in Jerusalem on Sunday, Premier Begin said Mr. Sadat's 'extremely aggressive speech' had contained demands in the form of 'ultimata' unacceptable to Israel. The Israeli government has postponed sending its delegation to military committee talks which were to have run parallel to the political committee talks by Foreign Ministers in Cairo.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Begin emerged after a three-hour Cabinet session. While its decision not to send a military delegation was unanimous, the Cabinet would reconsider if the existing sour atmosphere improved.