Dr. Henry Kissinger said on Wednesday (17 September) he was not sure Israel would have?
Dr. Henry Kissinger said on Wednesday (17 September) he was not sure Israel would have signed the interim peace agreement with Egypt without the prospect of receiving Pershing Ballistic missiles from America.
The United States Secretary of State told a Cincinatti news conference that he had made no commitment to supply Israel with the Pershings, which have a range of nearly 500 miles. He said the United States had agreed only to discuss the issue with Israeli leaders and would do so with Defence Minister Shimon Peres who arrived in Washington on Wednesday (17 September).
Mr. Pares confirmed after arrival in Washington that Israel had asked the United States for Pershing ground-to-ground missiles "to maintain the balance of power in the Middle East."
Answering questions at a press luncheon Mr. Peres said Israel had requested a small number of the medium range missiles - equipped with conventional warheads. He added that Israel was also seeking Lance short range missiles but he stressed that there was no question of equipping them with warheads.