The Israeli Cabinet on Friday (15 December) rejected new Middle East proposals, brought by the United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance from Egypt to break the deadlocked negotiations.
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CU Israeli Defence Minister Ezer Weizmann
CU Deputy Prime Minister Yigael Yadin seated next to Israeli Prime Minster Begin
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CU Mr. Begin speaking in English
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 6: BEGIN: "During this week, we have received through the Secretary of State of the United State, new demands from Egypt. Namely: (a) making the exchange of ambassadors conditional upon the implementation of the autonomy, at least in the Gaza district; (b) a basis change in article four of the peace treaty, with intent to bring about a review of the security...........arrangements with Sinai, after five years; (c) an addition of an interpretive note to article six, which negates its contents; (d) the inclusion of the date, called target date of the implementation of the autonomy in Judea, (indistinct) and the Gaza districts. Three, these demands are inconsistent with the Camp David framework, or are not included in it, and change substantially provisions of the afore-mentioned peace treaty. Therefore, they are unacceptable to Israel, and rejected by it."
Mr. Begin also said Israel regretted that a peace treaty was not likely to be concluded by the target date of 17 December. But, he said, responsibility for failure to reach an agreement was Egypt's. He also said the position taken by the United States in the latest negotiations was one-sided and burdensome, but he hoped this would change.
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Background: The Israeli Cabinet on Friday (15 December) rejected new Middle East proposals, brought by the United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance from Egypt to break the deadlocked negotiations. Israeli Prime Minister, Mr. Menachem Begin, said Israel could not accept the views and interpretations of The Egyptian demands. Mr. Vance had conferred three times with Mr. Begin and other Israeli ministers before returning to Egypt on Thursday night (14 December), and then on to the United States the following day.
SYNOPSIS: The Israeli Cabinet met for four hours in Jerusalem on Friday morning. Defence Minister Ezer Weizmann and his cabinet colleagues, including Deputy Prime Minister Yigael Yadin, were ready to sign the original draft treaty drawn up at Blair House in Washington. But they were not prepared to meet Egypt's new demands. And Mr. Begin explained why.