On February 5th the current Middle East ceasefire comes to an end - and both sides are preparing for a possible confrontation.
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SCU General Bar Lev
CU General Bar Lev interviewed
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 3): REPORTER: "There have been suggestions that President Sadat is under some strong pressure from certain sections of his army to renew the fighting - do you have any evidence along those lines?"
BAR LEV: "Well, it's not very clear to us. The internal struggle of different trends is not very clear to us. Its...We know that there are some, some circles that are in favour of starting a new war, and others that think that it wouldn't pay - but it is very difficult for us to define who is who and who is winning, yes."
REPORTER: "Just how far have the two cease-fires so far strengthened the Egyptians' and the Russians" positions?"
BAR LEV: "I can definitely say that the ceasefire enabled them to strengthen their position very much."
REPORTER: "Is your position relatively weaker?"
BAR LEV: "Well, I wouldn't say so. I wouldn't say so because in these six months things have improved not only West of the Canal, but also East of the Canal."
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Background: On February 5th the current Middle East ceasefire comes to an end - and both sides are preparing for a possible confrontation. Israeli sources have said that they will be prepared to retaliate against any Egyptian attack - particularly anywhere along the already strained suez Canal. In an interview filmed in Tel Aviv last week by the BBC "Panorama" programme, Israeli Chief of Staff General Haim Bar Lev spoke of the situation.
The interview was Telerecorded from the BBC transmission on Monday, February 1, 1971: