Israel's Prime Minister Mrs. Golda Meir made an impassioned direct appeal to President Sadat of?
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Background: Israel's Prime Minister Mrs. Golda Meir made an impassioned direct appeal to President Sadat of Egypt to open peace talks and end the prolonged Egyptian/Israeli conflict, during a statement to the Knesset in Jerusalem on Wednesday (26 July). Mrs. Meir suggested they should meet as equals and make a joint supreme effort to arrive at an agreed solution.
The offer was seen in Israel as a dramatic diplomatic initiative in response to President Sadat's recent expulsion of Soviet military personnel, but in Cairo, the newspaper "Al Ahram"....which usually reflects Egyptian Government thinking....later said Mrs Meir's plea was "rejected by Egypt".
SYNOPSIS: The Knesset in Jerusalem where Israel's Prime Minister, Mrs. Golda Meir, made an important statement on Wednesday aimed at ending the prolonged Middle-East crisis.
In the statement Mrs Meir made a direct impassioned appeal to President Sadat of Egypt to open peace talks and put an end to the Egyptian/Israeli conflict. She suggested that she and the Egyptian President should meet as equals and make a joint supreme effort to arrive at an agreed solution.
Israeli Defence Minister, General Moshe Dayan, was among members of the Knesset who listened to the statement from Mrs Meir, Mrs Meir said also that the people and government of Israel desired with all their hearts to put an end to the fighting and conflict and to march together towards peace.
Later in Cairo, however, the newspaper "Al Ahram", which usually reflects Egyptian Government thinking, said the plea was "rejected by Egypt".