The youth movement of the Israeli opposition Herut Party began a series of nationwide demonstrations on Monday (18 August) protesting against the forthcoming visit of Dr.
The youth movement of the Israeli opposition Herut Party began a series of nationwide demonstrations on Monday (18 August) protesting against the forthcoming visit of Dr. Henry Kissinger, the United States secretary of States. Even bigger demonstrations are threatened for Thursday when he is due to arrive.
One group of women demonstrators paraded outside the Knesset (Parliament) in Jerusalem, carrying banners criticising Dr. Kissinger's role in the ending of the Vietnam war. Another group of youths held a similar demonstration outside the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv.
Meanwhile, inside the Knesset, Government leaders - including Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin - were urging the nation to take a first step towards a permanent peace by supporting the proposed moves for a new interim agreement with Egypt.
The opposition parties are using the Kissinger visit as an opportunity to demonstrate their dislike of the proposed agreement, even though Israel's three-man negotiating team has spoken out in favour of an accord in the Sinai Desert.
While the young demonstrators were parading outside, Mr. Rabin was telling the Knesset that the proposed agreement would be a first step in a transition from war to peace in the Middle East. He rejected claims that Dr. Kissinger's visit was unwanted. He also said that accusations suggesting that the United States had forced it on Israel, was a complete distortion of the truth.
He thought it was too early to know whether the negotiations, which will be conducted by Dr. Kissinger during a shuttle-diplomatic stay in the Middle East, would be effective or not.