As Dr. Henry Kissinger hammered out the final points of the interim peace settlement between?
As Dr. Henry Kissinger hammered out the final points of the interim peace settlement between Israel and Egypt on Wednesday (27 August), Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin began manoeuvres to get the agreement through the Israeli Knesset. he invited the party secretariat and Knesset faction to a meeting at his office in Jerusalem.
Later in the day police erected road blocks in Jerusalem as right wing and religious zealots planned their biggest demonstration against the interim peace agreement with Egypt. But a government sponsored poll has revealed that 55 per cent of Israelis are in favour of the agreement and only 38 per cent opposed.
Dr. Kissinger's discussions with Israeli leaders are now believed to be centred on the U.S. role in a settlement. It has virtually been agreed that the Israelis should withdraw in the Sinai and two big electronic monitoring stations should be placed in the United Nations buffer zone. One will be manned by Israelis, one by Egyptians and each will have a supervisory U.S. presence.
The Israelis are also understood to be pressing for over 3,000 million dollars from the Americans in loans and grants. Indications from Washington so far have been that they will get only about two thirds of this.
SYNOPSIS: Israeli negotiators are believed to have virtually agreed to a withdrawal in Sinai. Wednesday's discussions with Dr. Henry Kissinger were apparently centred on the American role in the settlement. The Israelis are understood to be pressing for over three thousand million dollars from the United States in loans and grants.
Dr. Kissinger did not talk about what was discussed but indications from Washington have been that Israel will get only about two thirds of the loans they want.
The Israelis are expected to withdraw from the Mitla and Giddi passes in the Sinai. Two big electronic stations will be placed in the United Nations buffer zone to give early warning of any attack.
The Israelis will man one monitoring station, the Egyptians the other and there will be a U.s. supervisory presence in both.
The Egyptians are said to have selected the site they want for their main monitoring station on the eastern slope of the passes.
In Jerusalem Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has shown himself equally anxious to get the interim peace agreement through the Israeli Knesset. On Wednesday he invited the party secretariat and Knesset faction to his office. Right wing and religious zealots were meanwhile planning their biggest demonstration yet against the peace agreement.
A government sponsored poll has however revealed that fifty five per cent of Israelis back the agreement.