Israel's Prime Minister, Mrs. Golda Meir, in a major policy speech yesterday (16 November) on?
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Background: Israel's Prime Minister, Mrs. Golda Meir, in a major policy speech yesterday (16 November) on the Middle East peace talks, made no formal reference to the need for a withdrawal of Egyptian missiles.
In her speech to the Knesset (Parliament ), she called for the creation of the conditions which would enable a resumption of the peace talks, but refrained from saying what such conditions might be.
Her statement was seen as a possible modification of Israeli policy, changing its previous refusal to resume talks under the United Nations envoy Gunnar Jarring until the United Arab Republic removes its missiles from the Suez Canal standstill zone. Israel claims that Egypt and the Soviet Union deployed the missiles in violation of the ceasefire.
Mrs. Meier's statement was similar in tone to a speech made by the Defence Minster, General Moshe Dayan, nine days ago. He stressed the importance of Israel's participation in the Jarring talks and also made no reference to the previous Israeli conditions.
The Israeli Prime Minster criticised Britain and France for recent statements on the Middle East but praised the United States.