Israel's Foreign Minister Yigal Allon announced in Washington on Friday (17 January) that US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger had agreed to visit Israel again ...
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TRANSCRIPT: ALLON: "Somehow ... I'm not sure about it, but I've got a notion ... that Egypt may be ready to start talks on a possible interim agreement between herself and Israel. As far as Israel is concerned, we are willing to enter into negotiations with each one of our neighbours ... and, of course, Egypt is the most desirable partner to such talks because of her special position in the Arab world. President Ford is not Chamberlain. And President Sadat ... although he expresses his hatred for Israel quite frequently ... unfortunately ... nevertheless, he is not a Hitler. Israel is not Czechoslovakia and American people will never go Munich.
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Background: Israel's Foreign Minister Yigal Allon announced in Washington on Friday (17 January) that US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger had agreed to visit Israel again ... at a date yet to be fixed. Mr. Allon made the statement at a news conference in Washington after three days of talks with Dr. Kissinger and President Ford.
The Israeli Foreign Minister also said he believed Egypt was ready to begin negotiations for an interim peace settlement in the Middle East. He said Israel was ready for a sound agreement, which would help both sides equally.
Israel was willing to begin negotiations with all her neighbours, said Mr. Allon. However, Egypt was the most desirable partner for talks because of her "special position in the Arab world."