The Israeli Cabinet met in Jerusalem on Sunday (13 July) to hear a report from Prime Minster ???
SV PAN Cabinet member arriving
SV PAN Rabin Sinai desert.
SV PAN Military official arriving carrying maps
SV PAN Cabinet minister patting dog and then walking into meeting
CU General Scion
CU Scion speaking
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 6: SCION: "Well if the line gets close enough to deny the present activities we've had during the war, through Refadeem as a forward logistical base and a forward interception base, its capability will be impaired and will have to be backed up by other means. That means more expense but I stand corrected that Mr. Rabin said that he doesn't think that anything, that any such thing will happen to Refadeem. Now there is no such thing as a cut-and-dry answer in this respect, the Sinai is a...is quite empty, if you had the money and the time you could build a hundred bases there...so Refadeem is important--of course it's important--how less important it would become with a changing line is a matter of pure military assessment which I would not like to do from this stand."
It is believed Israel is ready to make territorial concessions in the Sinai desert.
The Cabinet was to hammer out a reply to Egypt's latest proposals as related to Mr. Rabin by Doctor Kissinger.
Later Air Force Commanding Officer, General Dov Scion, spoke on possible strategic effects from any possible pullback in the Sinai.
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This film includes remarks by General Scion, a transcript of which follows:
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Background: The Israeli Cabinet met in Jerusalem on Sunday (13 July) to hear a report from Prime Minster ??? Rabin on his talks in West Germany with U.S. Secretary of State, Dr, Henry Kissinger, on an interim peace settlement in the Sinai with Egypt.
Just before the meeting Premier Rabin briefed his two key ministers -- Foreign Minister Yigal Allon and Defence Minister Shimon Peres -- on clarification received from Dr. Kissinger on Egypt's proposals for a second interim peace agreement.
The Cabinet was to hammer out a reply to Egypt's latest proposals as relayed by Dr. Kissinger. Israel's ambassador to the United States, Mr. Simcha Dinitz, will carry the response back to the United States and Secretary of State.
Mr. Rabin stressed that Israel would not be dictated to by any timetable suggested from outside. Israel recognised no deadlines, he said.
Later Air Force commanding officer, General Dov Scion, briefed newsman on what he thought would be the immediate strategic affects of the military balance in the Sinai desert if any of the current rumoured peace settlement concessions by Israel were made.