Israeli Prime Minister Mrs. Golda Meir pledged in London on Monday (November 12) that Israel?
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MRS. MEIR: "You know that Israel has been begging for this very thing for 25 years - to meet and discuss. I hope it takes place soon. When it takes place there must not be any illusions, a situation of this kind that has existed for 25 years between Israel and its neighbours - five wars have been fought; between wars what are called border incidents, Fedayeen infiltrees, Fatah. All this has happened between our neighbours and ourselves. One must not expect that we sit down round a table and have a lunch together and after lunch we sign a peace agreement. I have never felt that peace was a luxury commodity that the Israelis demand as though nobody else needs it - our neighbours don't need it, the Egyptians do not, the Syrians do not, and so on. we know that we suffer through war - wars that we have won - and we know through the great casualties, numbers of casualties, dead and wounded that the other side has had. It doesn't make us happy, and I am sure that many mothers from Egypt and Syria are bemoaning their sons and many young wives won't see their husbands back again and many children won't see their fathers, and that's something that is universal - pain at the loss of one that is odar to you is the same on all sides; and if this consciousness is ever present at the negotiating table, and i know it is on our side, then maybe that in itself will help to come as quickly as possible to a real, real honest peace agreement which is more than the signing of a piece of paper."
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Part of the press conference appears on film. A transcript follows:
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Background: Israeli Prime Minister Mrs. Golda Meir pledged in London on Monday (November 12) that Israel would do its utmost to make the new Middle East ceasefire work. But she demanded swift action, especially by Syria, to provide lists of Israelis captured in the October war.
Mrs. Meir told a press conference she was sure some of the Israeli prisoners in Syria were no longer alive. Photographs taken from captured Syrians showed Israeli prisoners blindfolded, hands tied behind their backs and shot in the head. Mrs. Meir said Israel had captured between 7,500 and 8,000 Arabs in the fighting. Egypt had about 380 Israeli prisoners but she did not know how many Syria held.
Earlier in the day Mrs. Meir attended the Socialist International meeting that brought her to London. The European government and opposition leaders from 20 countries agreed to set up a top level to explore ways of helping secure a Middle East settlement.
Asked after the meeting if she had changed her views abut an alleged pro-Arab bias in Europe reflected in the recent Common Market peace proposals, Mrs. Meir said she was more satisfied about some matters.
Mrs. Meir also called on British Prime Minister Edward Heath for a general discussion on the Middle East.
SYNOPSIS: Israeli Prime Minister Mrs Gold Meir told a press conference in a London hotel on Thursday that Israel would do its utmost to make a Middle East ceasefire work.
However Mrs. Meir did accuse Syria of murdering Israeli prisoners. She said there were photographs of blindfold Israeli with their hands tied behind their backs. They had been shot in the back of head. Mrs. Meir was in London to attend the Socialist International meeting. Later in the day, she visited British Prime Minister Edward Heath for talks on the Middle East situation.