Israeli Prime Minister Mrs. Golda Meir told the Knesset on Tuesday that Israel would not?
GV and SV Mrs. Golda Meir speaking in Knesset (3 shots)
SV Delegates listening (2 shots)
GV and SV Mrs. Meir speaking as delegates listen (3 shots).
SV Menachem Beigin speaking as delegates loon on (4 shots)
SV PAN Shouting match develops during Beigin's speech.
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Background: Israeli Prime Minister Mrs. Golda Meir told the Knesset on Tuesday that Israel would not save the Egyptian Third Army form its predicament withdrawing to the non-existent lines of October 22.
Several peace plans have suggested the Israelis retreat to the line of October 22, but Mrs. Meir said that on that day the Israeli army was engaged in a running battle and no one could identify the positions of the two sides. No united Nations observers were in the area at the time.
Mrs. Meir thought the Egyptians and the Soviet Union had worked out the concept to let the Egyptians link up with their trapped Third Army.
However Mrs. Meir added that she hoped Sunday's ceasefire agreement would lead to a genuine peace. She said Israel had signed in order to get Israeli prisoners back and make the ceasefire last.
Mr. Menachem Beigin, leader of the opposition, Likud Group called on Mrs Meir and her Government to resign. He said the Government had missed warning signs before the start of the war, causing the tragedy of the first 48 hours. Mrs. Meir, evidently anticipating the criticism said every error would be investigated without fear or favour.
Mr. Beigin also said the Government, who delayed last month's general election to the New Year because of the war, now had no constitutional right to conduct peace talks with the Arabs. A shouting match developed during Mr. Beigin's speech.