US Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger declared at a Washington news conference on Friday?
US Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger declared at a Washington news conference on Friday (15 November) that the United States does not believe that military action is imminent in the Middle East. He pointed out that the United States opposes the idea of military action to solve the problems of the area and that it expects all other countries to exercise a similar restraining influence.
Dr. Kissinger said that the United States was urgently checking reports of chat he described as "recent flare-ups" in the Middle East and was in contact with the Soviet Union about them. He did not describe specifically the reports he was checking into, but they included rumors that Israel might launch a pre-emptive attack because Arab States were receiving massive new supplies of Soviet weapons.
Earlier on Friday, Israeli Premier Yitzhak Rabin told a public meeting in Tel Aviv that Israel had information of twenty Soviet ships being unloaded in the syrian port of Lattakia. He said that they were apparently unloading arms.
Dr. Kissinger leaves with President Ford on Sunday (17 November) on a two-week trip Japan, South Korea and the Soviet Union.