The uneasy Israeli-Arab ceasfire entered its fourth day today (Tuesday) with further skirmishes reported between Palestine guerillas and Israeli troops.
The uneasy Israeli-Arab ceasfire entered its fourth day today (Tuesday) with further skirmishes reported between Palestine guerillas and Israeli troops. The latest roubles came as reports gathered strength that Israel was to ask the United States for fresh assurances and clarification of its Mid-east peace moves.
The Israelis are reportedly angry at the failure of United Nations secretary-general, U Thant, to include Israel's reservations about the peace plan in his report to the U.N. Security Council.
Some high-placed Israelis believe it was Washington that inspired the omission, in referring to a withdrawal from occupied Arab territory, of the Israeli proviso which insists on a withdrawal to "secure and agreed borders."
As the ceasefire entered its fourth day an Israeli military spokesman reported that it was being "meticulously observed" by both sides.
However, several incursions have been reportedly carried out by radical Palestinian guerilla groups. Israeli forces have retaliated.
But on both sides of the ceasefire line, Israeli and Arab troops wait in their fortifications--- their guns silent.
As the ceasefire continues, the venue for the proposed Arab-Israeli peace talks is yet to be decided. Israel would prefer any talks to be held in the Cyprus capital of Nicosia---former headquarters of the United Nations Middle East peacekeeper, Dr Gunnar Jarring.
The Arab nations are known to favour the talks at ambassadorial level at United Nations headquarters in New York. A decision is expected in the next few days.