• Short Summary

    Although the death of President Nasser of Egypt has come as a great shock to Israelis, there has been no uniform feeling of relief that an enemy has gone.

  • Description

    Although the death of President Nasser of Egypt has come as a great shock to Israelis, there has been no uniform feeling of relief that an enemy has gone.

    As the news sank in there were mixed feelings evident in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, and concern that the Egyptian President's death might cause further instability in the Middle East.

    On Monday night (28 September), Israel radio interrupted all its programmes with the news of President Nasser's death. As the news reached the streets, radio sets were turned up in all public places, and one man ran from a pavement cafe shouting "Nasser's dead". The radio later transmitted a special retrospective programme on President Nasser's relations with Israel.

    Next day Tel Aviv newspapers rushed out a special editions, and the ferment of discussion of this major development in the Middle East continued unabated.

    First official Israeli reaction to the death of President Nasser came from Minister without Portfolio Israel Galili, who said his country was still prepared to seek peace.

    Mr. Galili recalled that in 1952 the then Israeli Premier, Mr. David Ben Gurion, had welcomed the Egyptian revolutionary regime, which included Nasser, and hoped there would be new relations between Israel and Egypt.

    "Now another change of Government in Egypt again finds Israel prepared to turn a new leaf, leading to peace, of course on a mutual basis."
    On Tuesday (29 September), the Israeli Cabinet met in Jerusalem to consider the implications of President Nasser's death, and its first act after this was to order an alert along the Suez canal.

    A passer-by in a Tel Aviv street reflected an Israeli feeling of detachment from recent convulsions in the Arab world.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8MOLSVUZWXOHNXCOXG3RXDXZE
    Media URN:
    VLVA8MOLSVUZWXOHNXCOXG3RXDXZE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/09/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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