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Page 6-Thursday, June 1 1978-The Michigan Daily
SA'YS PALESTINIAN AUTONOMY POSES 'TERRIBLE DANGER'
Meir attacks Begin's peace plan

JERUSALEM (AP) - Former
Prime Minister Golda Meir attacked
Menachem Begin's government
yesterday, calling his peace plan "a
concrete, terrible danger" for Israel.
Mrs. Meir, in a rare television inter-
view, also accused the prime minister
of luring Egyptian President Anwar
Sadat to Jerusalem last November by
agreeing to concessions she would
never stand for.
BEGIN'S POLICY includes con-
tinued settlement of Jews in occupied
Arab territory.
Although Jewish settlement in the
West Bank of the Jordan River began in
earnest during Mrs. Meir's five years in
office, she said Begin's policy of set-
tling in heavily populated Arab areas
was "grave and has not helped the
negotiations of our relations with the
United States."
Asked about Begin's plan for gran-
ting autonomy to the Palestinians in the
West Bank and Gaza, Mrs. Vleir saidt
"I see this is a concrete, terrible danger
to Israel."
The Democratic Movement for
Change, Begin's largest partner in his
ruling coalition, threatened yesterday
to leave the coalition if it believed
peace talks were endangered by
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Begin's stand. The absence of the
DMC's 15 seats would still leave Begin
with a majority of 63 seats in the 120-
member Knesset, or parliament.
The DMC adopted a document saying
the government's policy should be
determined by security considerations,
not by an attachment to historical
ownership of Arab territory oeptured in
1967.
In a clause aimed at the gover-
nment's policy of settling Jews in the
occupied West Bank the document
called for refraining from action that
could create a lack of faith and under-
mine peace talks.
MRS. MEIR, 80, charged Begin
mishandled the peace talks launched by
Sadat's visit.
She mentioned reports that Begin of-
fered to return all the occupied Sinai
Desert to Egypt before the Sadat visit.
The reports say the offer, later en-
shrined in Begin's peace plan, was a
decisive factor in Sadat's decision to
make his visit. .
"If this is true," she said, "then the
government accepted pre-conditions
for him to come," and made con-
cessions before negotiations.
"Sadat was always ready for direct
talks, but on his conditions," she said.
"The question is whether we were
ready to accept pre-conditions before
negotiations. I say no."
Mrs. Meir said her ideas for a peace
settlement had not changed since she
left office in 1974. Asked if she thought
her plan would lead to progress, she
replied: "Perhaps nothing would move.
But, gentlemen, nothing is moving
now."
Israeli officials yesterday rejected
what they said were attempts by Sadat

to set deadlines for reaching peace.
NO FORMAL government reaction
was available to Sadat's Monday news
conference announcement that it
should become clear within two months
if his peace initiative has succeeded or
failed. But a Foreign Ministry official
said, "It is impossible to negotiate un-
der pressures of a deadline,"
WASHINGTON (AP) - The State
Department yesterday welcomed a
statement by Egyptian President An-
war Sadat that he is prepared to
reciprocate to any new ideas put for-
ward by Israel and to resume direct
negotiations.
Sadat told a news conference in Cairo
on Tuesday that Egypt was ready to
resume formal talks in an "open-
hearted and open-minded manner" on-
ce Israel offered some new elements in
its position.
State Department spokesman Bod-
ding Carter noted that Sadat had
stressed his flexibility on the question
of resuming negotiations.
But Carter also expressed reser-
vations about Sadat's threat to renoun-
ce the 1975 disengagement agreement
with Israel if no negoitating progress
had been made by October.
"We do not believe that this situation,
where such complex issues are being
negotiated, lands itself to time limits.
"We do recognize the need for
movement. We believe both Israel and
Egypt also recognize that need. Inten-
sive consultations continue on ways to
achieve it. But is is impossible to say
that success or failure can be achieved
by a specific date," Carter said.
The spokesman noted that the United
States currently is waiting for answers

from the Israeli cabinet to questions
from Secretary of State Cyrus Vance
about "concrete ways" to proceed in
the negotiations, specifically over the
future of the West Bank and Gaza.
"We expect those answers soon, but
no date has been set," Carter said.
A camel can drink about 25 gallons
of water in one 10-minute drink and
can then survive a full week in the
desert without another drink.
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