Israeli Premier, Yitzhak Rabin, in Britain to attend a Socialist International Conference, spoke on Saturday (29 June) of a solution to the Arab-Israel conflict.
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"I believe the answer is simple...if possible. If you take the present situation, I think that in what was once Palestine.... in 1918 - the East and West Bank, there is enough room for two States; one on the West, (indistinct) a clear cut line that would be the Jewish State Israel. It might include a certain number of non-Jews, but Israelis that would have equal rights as they have today in Israel. East of it, including the East Bank, there could be another State in which Jordanian and Palestinians would be able to form their own expression and activation. I don't see a possibility for a third State in between, because a third State, let's say, will not solve anything except will create a time bomb which might explode".
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Background: Israeli Premier, Yitzhak Rabin, in Britain to attend a Socialist International Conference, spoke on Saturday (29 June) of a solution to the Arab-Israel conflict. He was addressing a group of British Members of Parliament and leading British Jews in a London hotel.
Mr. Rabin said he believed the answer was a simple on involving the formation of two States, one on the East Bank and the other on the West Bank of the River Jordan. The West Bank state would be Israeli - the East Bank, a palestinian-Jordanian state. The creation of a third state, he said, would be tantamount to planting a time bomb which might explode.
A transcript of Mr. Rabin's speech follows.