Israel's Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, told the Untied states Congress on Wednesday (28 January) that the Palestinian issue had to be solved in the context of a final Middle East peace.
GV Rabin walks up to rostrum and greeted by speaker and vice-President Rockefeller to applause (3 shots)
SV Congressmen seated
SV Rabin speaks
RABIN: "Peace will come when the Arab leaders finally cross the Rubicon from aggressive confrontations to harmonious reconciliations. Then there is no problem between us that cannot be solved in negotiations. That includes too the Palestinian issue with inter-geographical and political context of peace with Jordan. When I say Jordan I don't discount Palestinian representation in the peace delegation of that country, and when I say geography, I do not discount the negotiations concerning the future, final peace boundaries of the territories involved. For genuine peace we seek, Israel is ready to give up much and to compromise much on territory. In negotiations, whose (indistinct) is final reconciliation we shall go more than half way to ensure its success."
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(This film is serviced with English speech by Mr. Rabin, a transcript of which appears below.)
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Background: Israel's Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, told the Untied states Congress on Wednesday (28 January) that the Palestinian issue had to be solved in the context of a final Middle East peace.
But he told the joint session of Congress "to assert--that this is the key to peace, the formula for peace, or the breakthrough to peace, is to misread the realities. It is to put the legendary cart before the horse."
He had previously had talks with President Ford and his appearance came after Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, addressed a joint session last November.
Referring to President Sadat's pledge for direct contacts between Israel and the Arabs, Mr. Rabin said he was ready to meet with any Arab head of Government at any time for peace talks.
He said the Palestinian issue began with, and was a product of, the overall Arab posture on the legitimacy of the Jewish state. "Only when that posture changes will the Palestinian issue be constructively and finally tackled," he said.
Attacking the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), he said its objective was written large into its constitution where, he said, every paragraph spat out venom calling for Israel's destruction.