United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance flew back to Cairo on Thursday (14 December) after concluding a round of talks with Israeli leaders in Tel Aviv on the Egyptian-Israeli peace negotiations.
United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance flew back to Cairo on Thursday (14 December) after concluding a round of talks with Israeli leaders in Tel Aviv on the Egyptian-Israeli peace negotiations. The Israeli Cabinet was due to meet on Friday (15 December) in special session to discuss new proposals that Mr. Vance had brought from Cairo two days previously. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem begin told a news conference on Thursday that differences of opinion still existed in the positions of the two nations. An Israeli government source said the same day that Israel would reject the latest Egyptian proposals, although the White House in Washington had just declared Israel would be solely responsible for success or failure of the negotiations. In Washington, President Carter said he had not given up hope the two countries would conclude a treaty by Sunday (17 December), despite the stalemate.
SYNOPSIS: Israeli Defence Minister Ezer Weizman entering the Knesset (parliament) for talks. Mr. Vance had said on Wednesday he would be going back to Washington ahead of schedule because he felt he could gain nothing further, but the next day, said his return was to attend to non-Mid-East business. The swift rebuff by the israelis to the proposals on Wednesday had raised sharp feelings with the American delegation.
The Israelis criticised the Americans for accepting conditions which they considered hardened Egypt's position. Mr. Begin gave his views.