In Israel, speculation continues over why Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan made a secret visit to Paris on Saturday (17 September).
In Israel, speculation continues over why Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan made a secret visit to Paris on Saturday (17 September). Mr. Dayan was supposed to fly to the United States after meeting European Jewish leaders in Brussels. Instead, after spending six hours in the French capital, he hurried back to israel for talks with Prime Minister Menachem Begin on Sunday (18 September). Mr. Begin said later that Mr. Dayan had made what the Premier called an important visit in Europe! Mr. Begin added that he couldn't understand all the excitement.
SYNOPSIS: From the airport, Mr. Dayan sped straight to Mr. Begin's residence. The Israeli press have put forward two theories to explain the mysterious visit. The first says Mr. Dayan held a rendezvous in Paris with his Egyptian counterpart Ismail Fahmi. This theory also mentioned former French Premier Pierre Mendes-France, who has previously acted as an intermediary between Israel and the Arabs. The second theory is that Mr. Dayan rushed home to lend his voice to an important decision on the escalating fighting in Southern Lebanon.
After an hour and quarter, Mr. Dayan emerged from Mr. Begin's home as tight-lipped as when he went in. But he couldn't avoid the battery of reporters, jostling for any clue which would make the puzzle clearer. All Mr. Dayan would say was that he was going to New York immediately and would be in Washington on Monday for talks with American Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance. Speculation bubbled even higher when it was learned that Mr. Dayan had flown back to Europe instead of heading directly to the United States, as he'd indicated.