Israeli Prime Minister Mrs. Golda Meir pledged in London on Monday (November 12) that Israel?
Israeli Prime Minister Mrs. Golda Meir pledged in London on Monday (November 12) that Israel would do its utmost to make the new Middle East ceasefire work. But she demanded swift action, especially by Syria, to provide lists of Israelis captured in the October war.
Mrs. Meir told a press conference she was sure some of the Israeli prisoners in Syria were no longer alive. Photographs taken from captured Syrians showed Israeli prisoners blindfolded, hands tied behind their backs and shot in the head. Mrs. Meir said Israel had captured between 7,500 and 8,000 Arabs in the fighting. Egypt had about 380 Israeli prisoners but she did not know how many Syria held.
Earlier in the day Mrs. Meir attended the Socialist International meeting that brought her to London. The European government and opposition leaders from 20 countries agreed to set up a top level to explore ways of helping secure a Middle East settlement.
Asked after the meeting if she had changed her views abut an alleged pro-Arab bias in Europe reflected in the recent Common Market peace proposals, Mrs. Meir said she was more satisfied about some matters.
Mrs. Meir also called on British Prime Minister Edward Heath for a general discussion on the Middle East.
SYNOPSIS: Israeli Prime Minister Mrs Gold Meir told a press conference in a London hotel on Thursday that Israel would do its utmost to make a Middle East ceasefire work.
However Mrs. Meir did accuse Syria of murdering Israeli prisoners. She said there were photographs of blindfold Israeli with their hands tied behind their backs. They had been shot in the back of head. Mrs. Meir was in London to attend the Socialist International meeting. Later in the day, she visited British Prime Minister Edward Heath for talks on the Middle East situation.