In Jerusalem on Sunday (29 January), the Israeli Prime Minister announced that Israel would resume its part in the Israeli-Egyptian Defence Minister's talks in cairo.
GV INT: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin at dinner in Jerusalem Hotel speaking to guests.
SCU: Begin speaking in English.
GV: Israeli Defence Minister Ezer Weizman leaving Knesset.
GV: Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan leaving Knesset.
GV Begin leaving Knesset.
SCU: Israeli cabinet spokesman reading statement in English.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: BEGIN: "I do hope that tomorrow I will be able to recommend to the Cabinet to decide to resume the participation of an Israeli delegation in the military committee of Egypt and Israel."
CABINET SPOKESMAN: "The Cabinet approved the departure for Cairo of the Israeli delegation to participate in the joint Egyptian-Israeli Military Committee. The Minister of Defence, who heads the Israeli delegation, will make the necessary arrangements to depart for Cairo."
No exact date for the renewal of the defence talks was mentioned but Reuter said it is likely to be later this week. The talks which are to discuss the military aspects of an Egyptian/Israeli peace settlement, broken off when Israel stayed away a week ago. That was in response to the Egyptian walkout on January the 18th from the paralleled political talks being held in Jerusalem. According to Reuter, there's little sign of any immediate return to those talks.
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Background: In Jerusalem on Sunday (29 January), the Israeli Prime Minister announced that Israel would resume its part in the Israeli-Egyptian Defence Minister's talks in cairo. Earlier, Mr. Begin had addressed a dinner party at which he was optimistic about a resumption of talks.
SYNOPSIS: The dinner party was for a group of visiting American Jews and was held in a Jerusalem hotel. It was an ironic place for Mr. Begin to be so optimistic. It was a speech by him at another dinner two weeks ago that sparked off the withdrawal of the Egyptian delegation from the Jerusalem talks.
As it happened, the Israeli Cabinet accepted the recommendation, and next day Defence Minister Ezer Weizman was chosen to lead a delegation back to Cairo.
All Cabinet ministers, including Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan, attended the session which lasted two hours.
According to Reuter, several ministers drew Mr. Begin's attention to attacks on him in the Egyptian press. But he described them as a normal hazard f his job. News of the outcome came first from a cabinet spokesman.