Israel agreed on Sunday (9 July) to attend new talks with Egypt and the United States on a Middle East Peace but gave advance warning that Egypt's latest proposals stood no chance of acceptance.
GV Exterior Knesset Plaque
SV Begin out of car and through door followed by Weizman and Moshe Dayan (3 shots)
GV of window where meeting will take place
SCU Interior of Opposition spokesman Yigal Allon speaking
SCU Exterior Began speaking to newsmen
ALLON: "The Egyptian proposal is unacceptable by Israel and the Israeli proposal is unacceptable by Egypt. Nevertheless negotiations should continue without pre-condition. And I think both governments should realise that none of them can stick to it's present position and not move towards each other and try to understand each other's position. It's a bad proposal it's no advantages than the previous one and I think this is more tactics than a real proposal. And maybe the Egyptians have in mind that if they offer something stubborn and the Israelis stick to their unacceptable positions then maybe the Americans will have a chance to come in with an American proposal.
For my part I would not recommend america to do so. The United States of America should remain their own - honest broker, and should not come out of this proposal, should not be the government to negotiate, and should run by it's assistance the gathering together and closeness to each other. But not to come out with the blueprint of the plan."
BEGIN: "As far as the Egyptian proposals are concerned we state now our decision that they are completely unacceptable to Israel. They cannot by their nature lead to the establishment of peace. As far as the invitation to go to London is concerned we accepted that invitation sent to us by the Secretary of State and Mr. Dayan will be on the 18th and 19th of this month in London, will present our peace plan and will continue, will do his best to continue to the resumption of the peace-making process.
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was quoted on Tuesday as saying that the Egyptians are aware of the Israelis sensitivity about their security. He is due home on Friday (15 July) after meetings in Austria, and has been described as not particularly optimistic about the meeting of Egyptian and Israeli foreign ministers set for London next Tuesday. (18 July)
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Background: Israel agreed on Sunday (9 July) to attend new talks with Egypt and the United States on a Middle East Peace but gave advance warning that Egypt's latest proposals stood no chance of acceptance. Speaking to reporters in Jerusalem after the Israeli Cabinet held it's weekly Sunday session, Prime Minister Menachem Begin said that Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan would join the talks in London on July 18 and with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ibrahim Kamel and United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance. Speaking for the Labour Party Opposition in the absence of leader Shimon Peres, who has been in Vienna holding talks with Chancellor Kreisky, Willy Brandt and Anwar Sadat, Yigal Allon spoke to newsmen about the opposition's point of view.
SYNOPSIS: The five hour Cabinet meeting was attended by Cabinet Ministers Ezer Weizman and Moshe Dayan and they agreed to send Mr. Dayan to London in spite of the fact that they considered the Egyptian plan an extremist document. Opposition spokesman Yigal Allon presented his Labour party's point of view to newsmen, followed by Mr. Begin.