United States' Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger left Israel on Sunday (13 October) after?
United States' Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger left Israel on Sunday (13 October) after an 18-hour stay. Dr. Kissinger in on another of his whirlwind peace-making tours of the Middle East. He had already visited Egypt, Syria and Jordan. He left Israel for Saudi Arabia and was then scheduled to go on (again) to Cairo and Damascus. He is also expected to stop over in Algeria before returning to the United States on Tuesday (15 October).
Dr. Kissinger's visit to Israel was marked by some of the largest demonstrations against the United States' envoy seen there for several years.
While Dr. Kissinger held a dinner-table discussion with Israeli Premier Yitzhak Rabin and other senior Ministers in Jerusalem on Saturday (12 October) night some 7,000 noisy demonstrators gathered outside Mr. Rabin's office about a mile (1,600 metres) away.
They were protesting against any withdrawal from Israeli-occupied areas of the West Bank of the Jordan. They believe that Jews have an historical right to settle there.
Feelings have run so high on this subject in Israel that groups of squatters have tried to settle illegally on the occuped West Bank.
A spokesman for the 'Amunim' (Faith) movement -- which had organised Saturday's demonstration -- said that its members were again defying the Government by sending more groups of squatters to settle in this region of Jordan, occupied by Israel during the June 1967-Israeli War.