Mrs. Meir Seen Softening Position
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military situation in the Suez stand-
still cease fire zone to what it was
before the truce went into effect
last Aug. '7.
Mrs. Meir's first major political
address to the Knesset since her
two visits to the United States this
fall opened a foreign policy debate
that promised to be heated in view
of the Gahal faction's bitter oppo-
sition to the Jarring talks and the
American peace initiative of which
they are part.
Mrs. Meir threw down the gaunt-
let when she declared: "More than
anyone else in the world, we are
interested in advancing the peace
talks which, we hope, will develop
into direct negotiations between us
and the Arab states and will end
with the conclusion of peace trea-
ties. This," she said, "was the
idea which produced our accept-
ance of the American initiative and
consent to take part in the Jar-
ring talks. We are also aware of
the wish of so many throughout
the world to see the Jarring talks
resumed in order to bring peace
However, Mrs. Meir said, "I
must make it clear that up till
now no arrangements have been
suggested which the government
would have been able to regard
as satisfying its demand for rec-
tification and no conditions have
been created which the govern-
ment assessed as justifying a re-
versal of its decision to suspend
the Jarring talks. Therefore,"
she went on, "we have to con-
tinue onr struggle for the crea-
tion of such conditions. On this
subject we are continuing our
dialogue with the United
Mrs. •Meir praised the "respon-
sible conduct of the U.S. govern-
ment which has discontinued its
participation in the meetings of
the Big Four deputies, worked
hard against the passage of the
Arab sponsored resolution at the
United Nations General Assembly
and is helping to strengthen Israel's
Mrs. Meir said , that since the
Suez cease fire first went into ef-
fect last Aug. 7, the Egyptians
moved between 30-40 missile bat-
teries into the 30-kilometer zone
which before the cease fire con-
tained only one battery; and
moved 40-50 missile batteries into
a 50-kilometer zone that previous-
ly confined only 16 batteries.
She said that in addition. there
were 150 dugouts for missile bat-
teries in a 50-kilometer wide zone.
She said the missiles deployed on
the canal's west bank have a range
of 15 kilometers.
The Egyptians have com-
mitted no further violations of
the standstill cease fire in the
Suez Canal zone since the be-
ginning of this month, a military
source informed the Jewish Tele-
According to the source "there
is no longer any military necessity
to add even a single missile" be-
cause the Egyptians have already
saturated the zone with SAM-3 and
SAM-2 missiles and any further
installations "would be wasted."
A foreign ministry spokesman
told the JTA that even if the
Egyptians continued to install mis-
siles in the truce z one, Israel
would not be able to complain be-
cause the cease fire extension
which went into effect Nov. 6 does
not contain a stand-still clause.
He said the cease fire now in
effect stems from last month's
General Assembly resolution and
from the original Security Council
resolution of June 19. 1967 which
ended the Six-Day War. Neither
contained any provisions for a
freeze of military strength.
Gen. Ezer Weizmann, former
commander of the Israel Air Force
and a former cabinet minister, ac-
cused the government of "playing
down" the threat of the 50 Soviet-
made SAM missiles installed in the
Suez cease fire zone.
Gen. Weizmann, who entered
politics a year ago as minister of
transport representing the Herut
faction in Premier Meir's coalition
government, addressed the Herut
"We are at a very dangerous
point of self-delusion," he declared.
"One month ago the government
was up in arms about the missiles.
The army intelligence chief dis-
played to the world the dimensions
of the threat. Suddenly, within a
few days, the 50 missile sites have
vanished, if not from the west bank
of the Suez Canal, at least from
the political landscape," Gen.
He was referring to recent state-
ments by Deputy Premier Yigal
Allon and Defense Minister Moshe
Dayan that Israel is militarily
stronger now than it was three
months ago despite the missile
buildup, and was fully capable of
defeating any Egyptian thrust.
Gen. Weizmann is a brother-in-
law of Gen. Dayan and, like him,
a career military officer whose
views are highly respected. Politi-
cally, however, he adheres to the
right-wing, nationalist Herut which,
along with the Liberal Party, con-
stitutes Gahal, Israel's second
largest political party.
The Herut convention ap-
proved a resolution that Israel
should dissociate itself from the
United States peace initiative
and recommended that Dr. Na-
hum Goldman be deposed as
president of the World Jewish
Congress. The party agreed that
the U.S. initiative would not
bring peace and must be aban-
doned by Israel.
Regarding Dr. Goldman, who has
suggested a "neutralized" Israel
guarded by the major powers, the
Herut convention called on the
WJC executive to take the neces-
sary steps toward relieving him of
his post, which he has held since
Herat, also upheld Gahal's
earlier call for increased and
hastened settlement in all parts
of the occupied Arab territories.
Herut leader Menahem Begin
was re-elected chairman.
In New York, a leader of Ma-
pam in Israel warned that the ex-
tension of the cease fire to Feb.
5 remains "an uneasy balance or
no balance at all" for Israel and
that "this new situation is a much
more dangerous and explosive kind
of short-term stalemate."
Yitzhak Patish, former political
secretary of Mapam and a member
of Kibbutz Kfar Masaryk, told the
fall semi-annual conference of the
Americans for Progressive Israel
National Council meeting here that
"no responsible Israeli leader can
underestimate the difficulties and
the blatant dangers of a cease fire
without peace talks."
British Foreign Secretary Sir
Alec Douglas-Home said in reply
to a question in the House of Com-
mons he supported guarantees of
secure boundaries for Israel once
a settlement of the Middle East
conflict is achieved. He recalled
that when he was in the opposition
he had said that Israel should en-
joy security after a settlement com-
parable with the security she en-
joys now and that the actual form
of a guarantee would emerge at
the end of the Mid East peace ne-
In reply to another question,
the foreign secretary said Britain's
Mid East policy favored a settle-
ment based on the terms of the
Security Council's Resolution 242
of Nov. 22, 1967, which is "in the
best interests of all concerned."
President Anwar Sadat of Egypt
warned in Cairo last Friday that
a resumption of warfare in the
Suez Canal zone is "very possible"
after the extended cease fire ex-
pires Feb. 5.
Sadat made his remarks in a
question and answer period during
a closed meeting of the Arab So-
cialist Union, Egypt's only political
party. Speaking of the continuing
cease fire he . said, "We are not
committed to anything. Nothing re-
stricts our movements after this
period. The armed forces have
clear-cut instructions to stand
ready and to remain watchful
around the clock."
In Washington, State Depart-
ment officials would not confirm
an assertion by Israel's Foreign
Minister Abba Eban that the U.S.
has abandoned its efforts to get
Egypt to roll back the Soviet mis-
siles it installed in the Suez cease
In a television interview taped
in the U.S. and broadcast in Israel,
Eban said he had learned from
Secretary of State William P. Rog-
ers the "sad fact" that the Ameri-
can government has concluded that
it was not feasible to get complete
rectification of the cease fire vi-
olations in the Suez Canal zone.
He added, however, that the U.S.
and Israel were in consultation
about future moves.
Asked by the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency to comment on Eban's re-
port, State Department officials
said they would not assume that
this was what Rogers told Eban
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when they conferred here last week.
The secretary of state met sepa-
rately on the same day with Egyp-
tian Foreign Minister Mohammed
The officials said they could not
comment on those meetings beyond
the fact that Rogers was "encour-
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