Dr. Henry Kissinger said on Wednesday (17 September) he was not sure Israel would have?
SCU Kissinger speaking "I believe that .... ....as equal support."
SV Peres enters Press Club (silent)
SCU Peres speaking "You are asking ...... ....all this has been for.
SEQ. 1: KISSINGER: "I believe that the Congress, as I have said, will support this agreement because I believe they will come to the same conclusions that we did, that while we were not looking for an opportunity to establish an American presence, and while we would have preferred to do without it, it turned out that no agreement could have been negotiated unless, unless this happened. And so I believe that the Congress will support it. My impression in the mail that is not addressed to specific provisions is one of overwhelming support. That doesn't mean that every last idea has equal support."
SEQ. 3: PERES: "You are asking the poor person not to waste money, but -- if you want to -- we shall give such a guarantee. We have asked for a very small and limited number of these missiles...and I have emphasised without any sort of nuclear warheads. I don't see any attachment between the two. Trust me to recreate the necessary balance of the terms to maintain peace in our area. This what all this has been for."
The film contains excerpts from Dr. Kissinger and Mr. Peres' news conferences in Cincinatti and Washington.
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Background: 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.