Israel's Ambassador to the United States, Mr Yitzhak Rabin yesterday (Monday) described the current Egyptian power struggle as a struggle between personalities.
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 4): RABIN: "Four years have passed and we are where we are, as I have said, along the best defensive line that one could draw on the map of the Middle East. It just happened that a week ago on Sunday, I spent the whole day along the Suez Canal. I can assure you, after what I seen there, there is no hope for the Egyptians, whatever they do, to cross it successfully and to remain alive, No hope for them. I don't believe that it would be advisable for me to try and analyse what is going on in Egypt. It is too early. But I believe that if you look at it from the overall point of view, it is basically a struggle for power within Egypt. A struggle between personalities, views, but, of course, it might affect the prospects of peace in the near future and the prospect of partial arrangements. If the Arabs and our neighbours want peace, fine, they can have it. But if their intention is to have another war, it is better to have it along the present cease fire line, because these cease fire lines are the best lines that can be drawn on the map of the Middle East for the defence of this country."
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Background: Israel's Ambassador to the United States, Mr Yitzhak Rabin yesterday (Monday) described the current Egyptian power struggle as a struggle between personalities. But, at the same time, he warned that it might affect the prospects of peace in the Middle East. The Israeli Ambassador, in an interview with American Television reporters, also reaffirmed his country's defensive position in the area.