Israel's Foreign Minister, Abba Eban, has claimed the United States fully supports Israel's policy of not withdrawing from the Suez Canal and Golan Heights without the signing of a final peace settlement with the Arab states.
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: EBAN: "I remember this almost plastically after the Sinai campaign in 1956 in the first week in November. I remember being asked then by the President of the United States: when are you going to withdraw -- Wednesday of Thursday. And, as fate would have it, in the Spring of 1970, I heard from the same authority and in the same place the advice: don't withdraw without peace. And I remember saying that although Israel is usually recalcitrant to follow advice, "we've decided on this occasion to accept it." APPLAUSE. The important step was taken yesterday when the United States in the meeting of the Four Power deputies stated it would not take part in further meetings until the violation of the ceasefire had been corrected and that business-as-usual was not a feasible thing when confidence had been destroyed. It's one of the most significant developments in the Great Power relationship and it puts the pressure from Israel onto Egypt by the United States on the Soviet Union: If you want the talks, do what is necessary to bring them about."
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Background: Israel's Foreign Minister, Abba Eban, has claimed the United States fully supports Israel's policy of not withdrawing from the Suez Canal and Golan Heights without the signing of a final peace settlement with the Arab states. Mr. Eban, who was speaking in New York yesterday (October 7), said the support was an example of the fact that Israel's intimacy with the United States was at a higher level than ever before.
The Israeli Foreign Minister was addressing a meeting of the Synagogue Council of America, which was attended by some of the top American Jewish leader.
Mr. Eban said the next few weeks would prove crucial to the hopes for peace in the Middle East. He claimed that what happened in Egypt within the next few weeks would prove crucial to the hopes for peace in the area.
Mr. Eban also congratulated the United States Administration for its decision to discontinue the Big Four Middle East peace talks until alleged Arab violations were rectified. He claimed this was the most significant development in the history of the talks.