The Israeli Foreign Minister, Mr. Abba Eban, has indicated a change of attitude by his?
The Israeli Foreign Minister, Mr. Abba Eban, has indicated a change of attitude by his Government towards a ceasefire in the Middle East. Mr. Eban told a press lunch at the United Nations on Wednesday (18th October that Israel would no longer demand a return to pre-war boundaries. But he stressed repeatedly Israel's demand for "secure and recognised boundaries" in any settlement of the Middle East war.
Mr. Eban said Israel would consider and respond quickly to a ceasefire He said Israel's position concerning a way out of the present war was "ceasefire, negotiations, peace", and was ready for "a substantial compromise in peace negotiations.
Mr. Eban's remarks were made as reports came form Washington of some progress in contacts between the United States and the Soviet Union on halting the fighting. The Israeli Foreign Minister said he was aware of the contacts, but did not expect the United States to agree to anything without consulting Israel.