A coalition of Israeli groups who are opposed to making any further concessions to Egypt held a rally in Tel Aviv on Monday (14 July).
A coalition of Israeli groups who are opposed to making any further concessions to Egypt held a rally in Tel Aviv on Monday (14 July). After speeches by leaders, including Likud leader Menachem Begin, they marched on the United States Embassy. There were several arrests but no injuries reported.
The coalition included members of the National Religious Party and the Likud. Some carried signs denouncing U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger while supporting the U.S. Congress.
Mr. Kissinger has been the key figure in the U.S. effort to encourage Israel to make concessions in order to arrive at an interim peace settlement with Egypt. One critical concession would involve an Israeli troop pullback from the strategic Mitla and Gidi passes in the Sinai Desert.
On Sunday the Israeli Cabinet gave Prime Minister Yitzak Rabin the go-ahead to continue his talks with Mr. Kissinger. But Israel has made it clear it will not be hurried into agreeing to any further concessions.
Egypt has been pressing for a rapid decision by Israel and on Tuesday (15 July) said it would not renew the United Nations peace - keeping mandate in the area beyond 24 July when the present mandate expires.
The last time that Egypt took this action was in 1967 and war broke out several days later.
Israeli Prime Minister Rabin told Parliament on Wednesday that Egypt must permit the peace-keeping force to remain in the area if it does not want to damage the possibility of agreement with Israel. He said Israel will propose a six-month extension of the mandate.