U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers announced this afternoon (June 25) that the Unite States?
U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers announced this afternoon (June 25) that the Unite States had launched a new political and diplomatic initiative for a Middle East peace settlement--to be implemented under the auspices of United Nations envoy Dr Gunnar Jarring, A Swedish diplomat.
Mr. Rogers made no announcement at the same time of any decision on Israel's request to buy 125 more jet aircraft from the U.S. There reportedly was also little enthusiasm in unofficial quarters in Israel for the plan itself, details of which had been received by Israel, Egypt and Jordan.
Ordinary Israelis interviewed in the streets of Jerusalem however, showed signs of popular willingness to make some concessions to produce a peace settlement with the Arab states.
The Unite States' peace plan--said to involve a 90-day ceasefire and a 24-mile (40 kms) demilitarised zone straddling the canal--drew a negative response on June 25 from Egypt's President Nasser, Palestinian commandos, and the Syrian Government.
The pan is understood to call for an Israeli withdrawal from Arab territories occupied in the June 1967 war, and this the Israelis have repeatedly refused to consider without a guarantee of direct negotiations with the Arab states.