President Carter's special envoy to the Middle East, Robert Strauss, is on his way back to Washington to brief the president on his four days of talks with Egyptian and Israeli leaders.
President Carter's special envoy to the Middle East, Robert Strauss, is on his way back to Washington to brief the president on his four days of talks with Egyptian and Israeli leaders. And it appears that the news he will be carrying back to the U.S. will not be good. The Israeli government has completely rejected a new U.S. proposal to amend U.N. resolution 242. And the Egyptians have reservations about it as well.
SYNOPSIS: Egypt's reservations seemed to centre upon the feeling that the draft proposal would not help the current negotiations for autonomy for one million Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. When President Anwar Sadat spoke to newsmen, however, he seemed hopeful that the differences could be resolved.
The U.S. draft proposal is understood to comprise a reaffirmation of U.N. resolution 242, followed by an affirmation of palestinian rights. The proposal was also the subject of a special meeting by the Israeli cabinet.
After the meeting the cabinet issued a communique stating that the U.S. government was reneging on its commitment not to tamper with resolution 242 and not to deal with the PLO unless the PLO accepts resolution 242 and recognizes Israel's right to exist. After a discussion with Prime Minister Begin, Mr. Strauss talked with newsmen.
Then Prime Minister Begin aired his views on the draft proposal.