The Israeli Prime Minister, Mrs. Golda Meir, has dismissed proposals to pull back Israeli soldiers?
GV White House
SV INTERIOR Mrs. Meir sits with Mr. Nixon
CU Mrs. Meir and Mr. Nixon PAN to Dr. Kissinger and other advisers (2 shots)
CU INTERIOR Sign on speakers' platform "Washington Hilton"
CU Mrs. Meir speaks
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: MRS. MEIR: "I want to say that it was a very good meeting that I had with the President. I appreciate very much his taking the time to meet with me. After we have discussed some of the problems that we thought were necessary to bring up, I was reassured of something that I had known, of course, before. We have a common goal, the United States and Israel. First for the preservation of the ceasefire; and two, to work towards the advancement of a true and lasting peace in the area."
REPORTER: "In your talks with President Nixon, did you expect the United States to exert pressure on Israel, to make compromises that Israel does not want to make?"
MRS. MEIR: "No, why should I expect that? There is no reason to expect it. I don't think that Israel has to be preserved into making a peace as far as the details - if you can call them details - of the peace treaty are concerned. We've been saying rights along, from immediately after the 6 day war, the parties should meet in negotiations and try to come to an agreement. If we speak mainly about the borders, we haven't changed our opinion at all on that."
REPORTER: "Mrs. Meir, did President Nixon specifically or Secretary Kissinger specifically, request or suggest and Israeli withdrawals from positions that were occupied after October 22?"
MRS. MEIR: "No. There is a question of the October 22 lines, which is probably the most mysterious thing in the world today. I don't think there is one living person who can point his finger and say here is the line of the 22nd of October. But this may be a question that should be taken up between the parties. Nobody can point at the line."
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THIS FILM INCLUDES AN EXTRACT FROM MRS. MEIR'S WASHINGTON PRESS CONFERENCE. A TRANSCRIPTION FOLLOWS:
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Background: 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.