Head of the Israeli Council for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, Matityahu Peled, said in Tel Aviv on Sunday (2 January) that his group had made definite contacts with the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO).
Head of the Israeli Council for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, Matityahu Peled, said in Tel Aviv on Sunday (2 January) that his group had made definite contacts with the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO). Mr. Peled -- a retired major-general -- also stated that the PLO had accepted the state of Israel. This brought immediate denials from PLO leaders in Beirut and Paris. Mr. Peled's statements came at the same time a meeting between Israeli Defence Minister Shimon Peres and the head of the UN's Middle-East peacekeeping force, General Sillasvuo, was taking place in Jerusalem. The meeting was over disagreements about forces in the Sinai Limited Arms Zone.
Despite the PLO denials, Mr. Peled told a news conference that the Palestinians had definitely accepted Israel as a state.
Another council member Mr. Elias showed newsmen a joint agreement between the council and the PLO. This agreement referred to the state of Israel and called for the existence, side by side, of Israel and a Palestinian state.
Meanwhile, at the Ministry of Defence in Jerusalem, Israeli Defence Minister Shimon Peres was holding talks with General Sillasvuo. They were discussing the size of Egyptian forces in the Sinai's Limited Arms Zone. While they talked, a third meeting concerning Arab-Jew relations was being held by members of the Israeli Cabinet. They discussed Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's recent statements on a link between Palestinians and the state of Jordan. Cabinet secretary George Anwar read a communique after the meeting.