Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has said Israel will oppose any attempt at political blackmail in exchange for the renewal of the U.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has said Israel will oppose any attempt at political blackmail in exchange for the renewal of the U.N. peace keeping forces mandate.
In an address to Knesset (parliament) in Jerusalem on Wednesday (10 March) the Prime Minister accused Syria of exploiting the sensitivity in the world with regard to the Middle East by political blackmail. This was being done by covert and overt military threats in anticipation of the renewal date on 30 May of the U.N. mandate in the Golan Heights, he said.
Mr. Rabin said Syria would do well not to play with fire. The U.N. forces are part of the disengagement agreement signed between Syria and Israel and he said there is no reason for Israel to have more of an interest in their presence than Syria has.
"In my view in the circumstances created following the interim agreement with Egypt, Syria should have a greater interest than Israel in the observance of the agreement", he said.
The Prime Minister reiterated Israel's position on the proposed U.S./Egyptian arms deal. He said Israel opposed the supply of military equipment and arms to Egypt.
"The debate with the U.S. is a bitter one. It is a bitter debate because the subject is one of vital significance and principle for Israel. It is a bitter debate because it is with the administration of the friendliest country Israel has in the world."