After a Cabinet meeting on Sunday (September 6), Israel announced its decision to suspend participation in the Middle East Peace talks until the military situation resulting from continued Egyptian ceasefire violations has been rectified.
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Background: After a Cabinet meeting on Sunday (September 6), Israel announced its decision to suspend participation in the Middle East Peace talks until the military situation resulting from continued Egyptian ceasefire violations has been rectified.
An official statement issued after the meeting emphasised that Israel stood by its original acceptance of the U.S. Middle East Peace proposals and its decision in principle to take part in the talks under United Nations envoy Dr. Gunnar Jarring.
Israel's interim representative to the peace talks, Mr. Josef Tekoah, will convey his government's decision when he returns to New York to prepare for the U.N. General Assembly meeting.
Informed sources said that Sunday's decision was unanimous. The firm stand reached after the Cabinet meeting following a speech on Saturday by Defence Minister Moshe Dayan. General Dayan said that missiles and missiles sites must be withdrawn from the standstill zone or else a new ceasefire agreement would have to be negotiated.
The Israelis claim that a total of 30 missile sites have been built by the Egyptians since the ceasefire began on August 7. At least 10 of these are believed to be fully operational.
In a radio interview later on Sunday, Prime Minister Golda Meir said that if the military situation was restored to what it was on the eve of the ceasefire, Israel's representatives would resume participation in the talks.