The Israeli Prime Minister, Mrs. Golda Meir, has dismissed proposals to pull back Israeli soldiers?
The Israeli Prime Minister, Mrs. Golda Meir, has dismissed proposals to pull back Israeli soldiers to the positions held on October the 22nd -- the date of the first call for a ceasefire by the United Nations. Mrs. Meir was speaking at a Press Conference on Friday (2nd November) in Washington, following talks with President Nixon, and the United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger.
The Israeli leader presented a counter proposal to President Nixon during the talks. She suggested there could be a re-deployment of large numbers of Egyptian and Israeli troops in order to straighten the ceasefire line, and provide more separation between the opposing forces. She stood firm against unilateral Israeli withdrawals -- a proposal apparently put forward by the United States -- with the remark that the October 22 truce line was "the most mysterious thing in the world", because nobody knew where it was.
Mrs. Meir said neither Mr. Nixon nor Dr. Kissinger had applied any pressure on her to win compromises that could persuade Egypt to agree to an immediate exchange of prisoners, and open the way for negotiations for a permanent peace settlement.