President Anwar Sadat of Egypt has claimed that Israel has declared a state of emergency, and has taken other measures similar to those it adopted before the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
President Anwar Sadat of Egypt has claimed that Israel has declared a state of emergency, and has taken other measures similar to those it adopted before the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war. In a television interview in Cairo, the Egyptian President said he had received information that Israel may soon form a coalition government; had already secretly declared a state of emergency, and was currently storing food in preparation for a war.
SYNOPSIS: President Sadat was speaking on the fourth anniversary of the opening of the October 1973 Middle East war, when Egypt regained some of the ground it had lost in the previous one. A military parade held in the egyptian capital to mark the anniversary included French Gazelle and British Sea King and Commando helicopter, as well as Soviet types-indicating that Egypt has lessened its dependence on the Soviet Union following the rift between the two nations.
Relations with the Soviet Union, which previously provided Egypt with most of its arms and equipment, deteriorated in 1972. Egypt expelled about 20,000 Soviet advisors, and the following year the Soviet Union began withholding promised new equipment and spares for that already supplied.
President Sadat recalled that after the 1967 defeat, Egyptian armed forces performed well in the 1967 war-regaining pride as well as part of the Sinai Desert. But, he said in his four-hour television interview, Egypt should still be cautious of Israel.