The Middle East -- and Egypt has decided to pause for a reassessment of the bogged-down peace talks with Israel, but intends to maintain its commitment to linking any treaty with a timetable for Palestinian self-rule.
SV (Cairo) Egyptian Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil and Vice President Hosni Mubarek seated talking PAN TO Egyptian President Anwar Sadat seated talking. (2 SHOTS)
SV Mubarek speaking to Sadat.
SV (Jerusalem) Chairman proposing vote during Knesset meeting.
SV Knesset with members voting.
SV Officials counting hands. (4 SHOTS)
SV Chairman announcing result in Hebrew.
According to Reuters news agency western diplomats in Cairo have said Egypt may hope to persuade King Hussein of Jordan to join in talks on the West Bank if it can be shown that self-rule was a reality in Gaza, which Egypt administered until it was occupied by Israel in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
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Background: The Middle East -- and Egypt has decided to pause for a reassessment of the bogged-down peace talks with Israel, but intends to maintain its commitment to linking any treaty with a timetable for Palestinian self-rule. The link question is the main stumbling block in the negotiations.
SYNOPSIS: On Tuesday (21 November) President Sadat held a meeting with Vice President Hosni Mubarek and Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil. Egypt's Chief negotiator with Israel, Defence Minister Lieutenant-General Kamal Hassan Ali, has been recalled to Cairo for consultations, following Israel's rejection of Egyptian demands for a link between the treaty and a timetable for self-rule. President Sadat is due to go to Oslo on the tenth of December to receive the Nobel Peace Prize he is to share with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, despite the pressures of the peace negotiations, the Israeli Parliament -- the Knesset -- has been dealing with domestic problems. On Wednesday (22 November) the government narrowly defeated a no -confidence motion introduced by the Labour Party and three splinter parties.
The opposition parties had challenged the government's economic policies, which they claimed had produced an inflation rate of about forty percent, which showed no signs of improving.
Also on Wednesday, Israel's Deputy Prime Minister Yigael Yadin told the Knesset that while there were terms in the current draft peace treaty that were acceptable, the present position should not be regarded as an impasse. He indicated that negotiations should continue and that this could mean another meeting between Mr. Begin and President Sadat.