On Tuesday (October 23) the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, held a special session to hear a report on the war from Mrs.
On Tuesday (October 23) the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, held a special session to hear a report on the war from Mrs. Golda Meir, the Israeli Prime Minister.
In her speech, Mrs. Meir told the Knesset that if Egypt violated the United Nations ceasefire, Israeli would feel free to act in any way it saw fit, adding that Israel was watching Egypt closely - an apparent reference to the fighting at the southern end of the Suez Canal that came after the beginning of the ceasefire. She warned that the Israeli forces occupying sites on the West Bank of the Canal constituted "a powerful military base to launch operations, initiated by us, if they became necessary."
One of the conditions of the ceasefire, said Mrs. Meir, would be a general exchange of prisoners-of-war with the Arab nations. She went on to say that Israel would insist on the immediate transfer of prisoners, and disclosed that this was one of the topics she discussed with Dr. Henry Kissinger, the United States' Secretary of State, who made a brief visit to Tel Aviv recently.
The Knesset continued its special session on Wednesday (October 24) to discuss the country's forthcoming General Elections. The elections were originally to have been held on October 30. It is now thought they will take place some time in December. However, the Knesset decided to postpone the debate for 24-hours.
Campaigning had been underway before the outbreak of way, and observers feel it will be all the more intense when it is resumed because of the fighting.
SYNOPSIS: A special session of the Israeli Parliament - the Knesset - was convened in Tel Aviv on Tuesday to hear a report on the Middle East war and the cease-fire from the Prime Minister, Mrs. Gold Meir.
Mrs. Meir warned that if Egypt violated the ceasefire, Israel would feel free to act in any way it saw fit. She told the Knesset, Israel was watching Egypt's actions closely; an apparent reference to reports that fighting had broken out at the southern end of the Suez Canal after the ceasefire agreement went into effect. The Israeli Prime Minister said that a general exchange of prisoners-of-war was one of Israel's conditions for the cease-fire. Meeting again on Wednesday, the Knesset decided to delay, for twenty-four house, a debate on postponing the approaching General Elections. The elections were originally scheduled for October 30, and campaigning was underway when the war broke out. The campaigning has been suspended, and it's thought that the elections will be held sometime in December. Because of the Middle East war, the pre-election campaign is expected to be even more keenly fought than originally thought.