Israeli Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin has answered questions concerning allegations that Egypt had violated the Middle East cease-fire agreement .
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: REPORTER: " Mr Ambassador, what kind of evidence do you have to prove Egyptian violations of the cease-fire ?"
RABIN: "Well, I'm not going into details of what kind of evidence we have. We believe we have irrefutable evidence from many sources in which we can prove that there were violations of the standstill which is part of the cease-fire. The Egyptians moved ground-to-air missiles after the cease-fire, and, as the Foreign Minister said yesterday in Israel, it continued several days after the day of the cease-fire. The Egyptians, since September '69, could not succeed to bring to the proximity of the Canal any ground-to-air system on a permanent basis. They succeeded to do it only after the cease-fire. Second, of course, it means we'll enter negotiations from a standpoint of weakness. The fact that there is such a system there, serves as a great military advantage to the Egyptian side, and of course conducting the negotiations under the threat of opening fire any time with the difficulties that we have to face, as a result of it, means a lot to us."
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Background: Israeli Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin has answered questions concerning allegations that Egypt had violated the Middle East cease-fire agreement . He believes Israel has irrefutable evidence of violations by Egypt.
Questioned by a reporter in Washington on Tuesday (18 August), Mr Rabin said that Egyptian movements since the recent cease-fire placed Israel at an added disadvantage. Earlier he had held discussions on the matter with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, Mr Joseph Sisco.
Information being gathered independently of Israel and Egypt, by United States reconnaissance flights, is playing an important part in effort to determine the extent to which the cease-fire standstill is being observed.