Israelis last night (Friday) welcomed the Middle East ceasefire, but observers reported that general reactions were tinged with caution alongside the hope that it could achieve a lasting peace.
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Background: Israelis last night (Friday) welcomed the Middle East ceasefire, but observers reported that general reactions were tinged with caution alongside the hope that it could achieve a lasting peace.
Israel's Prime Minister Mrs. Golda Meir, addressing the nation on television, said she hoped the ceasefire would be the first step towards peace. But she warned of a long and hard road ahead.
As soon as the news broke, the Streets filled with people. Almost everyone was happy that ceasefire had been agreed, but some were dubious about its effectiveness.
Many young Israelis stayed in the streets until well after midnight, singing and dancing.
Defence Minister Moshe Dayan, interviewed immediately after Mrs. Meir's television announcement, said that Egypt and Israel would have to move towards each other in the forthcoming talks. He could not forecast what the talks would achieve, but he said that without negotiations and without a ceasefire, peace could certainly not be attained.