Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan said in Jerusalem on Tuesday (25 October) that Israel must retain its military strongholds along the West Bank of the Jordan river for self-defence.
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DAYAN: "The problem that we are engaged with now is the effort to get peace with our neighbours. Jews are worried people. I believe we are not cowards. But, as a nation going through our history, we are worried people. And we always worry what will happen next with our people and now with our country. And when there are such proposals like 'Why don't you pull back and stay only eight miles from the sea and give that area to Yasser Arafat?', we see the writing on the wall of the meaning of that. And we don't want to be like past Jewish generations, now and again, that they ignored it, that they willingly turned blind to what they really knew in the bottom of their heart that might (indistinct) We don't want that. We are not going to have a Palestinian state headed by the P.L.O. in the West Bank. And we are not going to pull back and to withdraw our military installations from the West Bank. We are not going to do it. We shall keep ;our artillery there, we shall keep.......our anti-aircraft guns there, and we shall keep our soldiers there along the Jordan river. Not in order to impose ourselves on Palestinian Arabs. We don't want to do that. We are not an occupation force. But we want to defend Israel; to take care of ourselves, which, unless we do that, no one else will do that for us."
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Background: Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan said in Jerusalem on Tuesday (25 October) that Israel must retain its military strongholds along the West Bank of the Jordan river for self-defence. He said Israel was willing to attend a peace conference in Geneva but without "the pre-conditions set by the Arab states". Mr. Dayan was thought to be referring to an Arab demand to include the Palestinian Liberation Organisation in the peace-making process. Israel has opposed this because it considers the PLO a terrorist body aimed at destroying the Jewish state.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Dayan told an American Jewish women's organisation that Israel did not want to remain on the West Bank as an occupation force.