Mr. Joseph Sisco, United States Assistant Secretary of State arrived in Israel unexpectedly late on?
Mr. Joseph Sisco, United States Assistant Secretary of State arrived in Israel unexpectedly late on Wednesday (7 November) night. Mr. Sisco, accompanied by Dr. Kissinger's aide, Harold Saunders, was not expected until next week.
Prime Minister Golda Meir and her aider were taken by surprise by the sudden announcement from Cairo, where Dr. Kissinger the American Secretary of State met President Sadat on Wednesday, that his two envoys were on their way.
U.S. Ambassador to Israel Kenneth Keating cancelled an address in Haifa, and rushed to an unidentified airfield to greet the two Americans. Although no details were released it is assumed the two men were sent to get Israel's reaction to a peace settlement in view of Dr. Kissinger's talks with Arab leaders, in particular President Sadat.
After the hurriedly mounted talks, at which Israel was represented by Mrs. Meir, Deputy Prime Minister Yigal Allon, Defence Minister Moshe Dayan and General Aharon Yariv, former head of Military Intelligence and special adviser to the Prime Minister, officials were tight-lipped. In a brief late-night statement it was merely reported that the talks were held in a friendly atmosphere and were constructive.
As the talks proceeded, a senior Israeli army spokesman commented on the optimistic reports emanating from Cairo by charging that Egypt was getting ready for a resumption of hostilities.
On Thursday (8 November) Mrs. Meir reported to her Cabinet on the proposals brought by Mr. Sisco and Mr. Saunders. No details of the suggestions were disclosed.
Before his departure Mr. Sisco was questioned by reporters.
He was asked:
Mr. Sisco did not reply.
After the meeting Mr. Sisco made this statement:
Dr. Kissinger was in Saudi Arabia for talks on peace with King Faisal.
SYNOPSIS: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Joseph Sisco, who'd arrived unexpectedly in Israel on Wednesday was questioned by reporters.....
Mr. Sisco, accompanied by Secretary of State, Dr. Kissinger's aide, Harold Saunders, was not expected until next week. Talks were hurriedly mounted with Mrs. Meir, Deputy Prime Minister, Yigal Allon, Defence Minister Moshe Dayan and General Aharon Yariv, former Head of Military Intelligence and Special Adviser to the Prime Minister. Following the first talks, Israeli officials were tight-lipped, merely reporting that the discussions were held in a friendly atmosphere and were constructive. On Thursday, there were more talks, after which Mrs. Meir reported to her Cabinet on the proposals brought by the U.S. envoys. No details of the suggestions were disclosed. Even as the talks went on, a senior Israeli Army spokesman, commenting on the optimistic peace reports from Cairo, charged that Egypt was getting ready for a resumption of hostilities. However, Mr. Sisco, pressed by reporters, said: