After yet another session on Friday (July 31) in Tel Aviv of the Israeli Cabinet, spokesman Michael Arnon announced the details of the acceptance of the United States peace plan for the Middle East.
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MICHAEL ARNON: SEQ 3: "Having considered the appeals of the President of the United States, and while continuing its commitment to its basic policy guidelines, and authorised statements, the Government has decided to subscribe to the latest peace initiative of the Government of the United States, and to appoint, at the appropriated time, a representatives for peace negotiations without prior conditions, under the auspices of ambassador Jarring, within the framework of Security Council resolution 242, and with the aim of reaching a binding, contractual, peace agreement.
MENAHIM BEGIN: SEQ 4: "We completely deny any re-partition of (garbled word) Israel. We of course are for peace treaties, in which the borders, will be determined, and there are friends in the cabinet who do not accept out point of view, and who contend for peace, as it is called. For instance, the Gaza strip must never be given to the Egyptians, or Ramata Golan to the Syrian, which means that everybody in this capital knows, that here may be decisions, concessions for peace, so-called, which will make peace itself completely devoid of any content, for the future security of Israel."
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Background: After yet another session on Friday (July 31) in Tel Aviv of the Israeli Cabinet, spokesman Michael Arnon announced the details of the acceptance of the United States peace plan for the Middle East.
Israeli's divided Cabinet met four times before reaching Friday's decision in the face of opposition from the right-wing Gahal Party, led by Minister without Portfolio, Menahem Begin.
The Gahal group opposes the plan because, in asking for acceptance of the Security Council Resolution of November 1967, it implies withdrawal from Arab territory won in the June War.
All of the Cabinet voted for the ceasefire but the six Gahal members refused to agree to the mandate for peace negotiations under the auspices of U.N. envoy Gunnar Jarring, Swedish Ambassador to Moscow.
Mr. Arnon explained to reporters the terms of Israeli's acceptance, and Menahem Begin then explained the Gahal party's objections.