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    Israeli peace campaigner Abie Nathan's floating radio went off the air on Saturday (28 June) and sailed into Haifa Port.

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    Israeli peace campaigner Abie Nathan's floating radio went off the air on Saturday (28 June) and sailed into Haifa Port.

    Mr. Nathan, a former Israeli pilot and restaurant owner, apologised to his listeners for having failed in his 10-year, one-man effort to bring peace to the Middle East. He twice flew from Israel to Egypt illegally, in an effort to talk Egyptian leaders into making peace with Israel. A year before, he raised funds to purchase the small ship and equip it with radio transmitters. For nearly a year he sailed as the "voice of peace" in the triangle between Beirut, Cyprus and Port Said, broadcasting popular and classical music interspersed with peace slogans and chats about peace and ecology, in English, Hebrew and Arabic.

    He was ordered out of the area on the outbreak of the October 1973 war but returned last month to try to obtain permission to sail through the Suez Canal when it re-opened. He waited twenty days with his 12-man international crew but with no success.

    In Haifa, Mr. Nathan said he may try to continue as a floating commercial radio station in the Eastern Mediterranean to enable him to continue broadcasting ??? peace message.

    Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, Israeli leaders have been meeting to consider Egypt's reply to the latest Israeli proposals for a new interim agreement amid signs of renewed U.S. pressure on Israel to soften its stand.

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin met Foreign Minister Yigal Allon and Defence Minister Shimon Peres on Sunday (29 June).

    The U.S. and Egyptian views were transmitted to Israel the previous day by the Israeli ambassador to Washington, Mr. Simcha Dinitz, after meetings with President Ford, Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, and senior American officials.

    Mr. Rabin and his two ministers were empowered by the Cabinet earlier this month to form a negotiating team for the diplomatic talks with Egypt through the U.S.

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