The Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Mr Yitzhak Rabin, said at Lod Airport on his return to Israel on Friday (26 June) that details of the United States peace initiative for the Middle East leaked in Beirut were 'very inaccurate".
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 5): QUESTION: "Mr Ambassador, do you find that the version of the U.S. peace initiative outlined in Beirut by official circles there is accurate?"
RABIN: "Very inaccurate."
QUESTION: "...Arab sources may have made up some of the points given out in Beirut?"
RABIN: "Well, all that I have said is that they are not accurate and some of the details are totally twisted and without any validity to the best of my knowledge."
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Background: The Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Mr Yitzhak Rabin, said at Lod Airport on his return to Israel on Friday (26 June) that details of the United States peace initiative for the Middle East leaked in Beirut were 'very inaccurate".
The content of the Peaceplan announced by United States Secretary of State, William Rogers earlier in the week, has not yet been made public. Arab commentators in Cairo and Beirut have criticised the peace proposals. The details leaked in Beirut say the plan includes a call for a withdrawal by Israeli and Egyptian forces to 20 kms (12 miles) on either side of the Suez Canal and a ceasefire on all fronts.
Ambassador Rabin will be holding talks with the Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and is expected to give her a detailed report on sales of more United States aircraft to Israel.
The Ambassador was questioned by reporters at the airport: