Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin is to meet President Carter next week to discuss the stalled Middle East peace negotiations, Mr.
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin is to meet President Carter next week to discuss the stalled Middle East peace negotiations, Mr. Begin's office in Jerusalem announced on Sunday (23 April). The Israeli Premier is going to America to join in celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. Mr. Begin described his last U.S. visit for Middle East talks with Mr. Carter, during March, as the most difficult time of his life. The two sides ran into deadlock over Mr. Begin's insistence on retaining Israeli settlements in occupied Arab land, and the Arab demand for a Palestinian homeland. The Israeli Premier, and Deputy Premier Professor Yigael Yadin, recently met critics from Israel's 'Peace Now' movement which is demanding government concessions in order to achieve peace.
SYNOPSIS: The first of the meetings, which both took place at Mr. Begin's office building in Jerusalem, was with Professor Yadin. He criticised the movement's use of members' status as reserve officers.
However the delegation seemed pleased with the results of the meeting.
The 'Peace Now' representatives were less happy after their meeting with Mr. Begin. They claimed that he was still rigidly opposed to any withdrawal from the occupied West Bank of the Jordan, and called for supporters to try to help change government policy.