The Israeli premier, Mrs. Golda Meir, in an interview in Jerusalem today (Friday, February the?
SCU Mrs. Meir at desk (SOUND ON FILM) ZOOM IN to CU as she starts speaking
SOF ENDS...a peace agreement.
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 1): MRS. MEIR: Immediately after the six-day war the Government of Israel said that we are prepared that the canal should be opened. Even before peace; even before negotiations that if Egypt other maritime powers are interested in the opening of the canal, as far as we are concerned, we agree. We had only one little condition, that if the canal is opened, it would be opened also to Israeli shipping. By the way there is a security council resolution of years ago that Israel should have the right of shipping through the Suez Canal. And after we pulled back without any conditions after the Sinai campaign, the essential was agreed to by the Egyptian government at that time that if we pulled back, why then will be also Israel shipping through the Suez Canal. We never had it, but we were agreed that the canal should be opened, and I don't know why Sadat thinks that the opening of the canal is something that he is giving to us. He didn't even say that the canal would be opened and there would be peace with Israel. So what he wants is for us to begin to pull back. There is nothing astonishing about that, is exactly what he wants. Without even a peace agreement.
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Background: The Israeli premier, Mrs. Golda Meir, in an interview in Jerusalem today (Friday, February the 5th) commented on President Sadat's speech.
President Sadat of the United Arab Republic, in a major speech on Thursday (February the 4th) announced that the UAR had agreed to extend the Middle East ceasefire another 30 days. He also proposed that Israeli troops should be withdrawn from the Suez Canal in that time. Mrs. Meir replied to that point.