After meeting with President Nixon in Washington, D.C. on Friday (September 18), Israeli Prime Minister?
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Question: Mrs. Prime Minister, there is a report that Nasser has said that the only way that there can be a settlement is by force. Would you give your assessment as to how this affects your hopes for a prospect of peace?
Meir: Nasser hasn't been able to conquer us in war. He hasn't been able to destroy our belief in peace and he won't succeed in either one of these things. And no matter what he does, and I hope that for the good of his people, not for the good of Israel alone, but for the good of his people mainly, that he some day comes to the conclusion that there's much more glory in developing his country in peace than in shedding blood for the great ideal of destroying another people. Any if that has to take time, we have to protect ourselves and defend ourselves.
I am sure we'll do it as successfully in the future as we've done in the past. And we will go on believing that there is no solution in force. The only solution for the problems of the Middle East, the problems between our neighbours and ourselves in a solution of peace. Now it depends upon our neighbours whether this will be the last war and peace after this and this is what we are going to try to do, to the very best of our ability. And one of the ways of guaranteeing this to be the last war is to have safe secure borders for Israel which our neighbours will always remember that it is difficult to attack them and therefore maybe not to try again. And we will do our best that this is the last war. If our neighbours so will it that they will attack us again, bring about another war, more misery to themselves and to our people we shall look upon it with sorrow with less determination to win and to remain alive.
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Background: After meeting with President Nixon in Washington, D.C. on Friday (September 18), Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir spoke to the press about her country's hopes for peace.
It was reported that Mrs. Meir was satisfied with her talks with the President and that she was leaving Washington on Saturday convinced she had won his understanding and sympathy for her views.
She told the President -- and repeated her stand at a later press conference -- that here could be no peace talks until Egypt removed Soviet missiles which Israel alleged were installed near the Suez canal after the ceasefire went into effect early last month. Mrs. Meir's refusal to re-enter the negotiations was softened by a pledge that Israel would maintain the ceasefire unless forced to retaliate in the event of Egyptian attack. In return, U.S. officials said that they would continue to press Cairo for removal of the missiles.
Officials said Mrs. Meir had received promises of more U.S. military and economic aid, although there was no indication that President Nixon had accepted an Israeli request for arms supplies reported to total as much as 830 million sterling (2,000 million dollars).
At a press conference in Washington on Friday, Prime Minister Golda Meir spoke of her hopes for peace: