After the spate of hi-jackings on Sunday by Arab guerrillas, there was tight security at Lod airport on Monday (7 September) for the departure flight to New york of Mr.
After the spate of hi-jackings on Sunday by Arab guerrillas, there was tight security at Lod airport on Monday (7 September) for the departure flight to New york of Mr. Joseph Tekoah, Israel's interim representative to the Jarring Peace Talks.
Police set up road blocks on the routes into the airport, and checked passports. There were stringent checks of baggage at the airport itself, and armed guards on exits and corridors.
Mr. Tekoah told reporters at the airport he will report to Dr Gunnar Jarring on the Israeli Government's decision yesterday to suspend its participation in the talks until the reported Egyptian violations of the Suez canal ceasefire and stand-still agreement are rectified.
In reply to question on whether it was realistic to demand the removal of the missiles from the stand-still zone, Mr. Tekoah replied: "The moving of the missiles can be carried out with the same speed with which they were brought forward. It is no more difficult to respect the ceasefire than to violate it."
Mr. Tekoah expressed the hope that it will be possible for Israel to renew the peace talks within the framework of the Israeli Government's decision yesterday, and added:
"We will continue, of course, to weigh all the possibilities in order to reach a true peace between Israel and her Arab neighbours.
Mr. Tekoah, who is Israel's permanent Ambassador to the United Nations, will take part in the General Assembly session which is to open next week.
Also at the airport for his flight to Paris was Israel's Minister of Transport Peres.