Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has said Israel will oppose any attempt at political blackmail in exchange for the renewal of the U.
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In Jerusalem on Wednesday the Israeli Knesset, or Parliament, heard a stirring address by Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Speaking in Hebrew, Mr. Rabin warned that Syria was playing with fire by using political blackmail. He referred to what he called covert and overt military threats made by Syria in anticipation of the renewal date of the U.N. peace keeping troops mandate in the Golan Heights next May.
He told Knesset that Israel would oppose any attempt at blackmail in exchange for the renewal of the U.N forces mandate -- part of a disengagement agreement between Syria and Israel. The Prime Minister said there was no reason for Israel to have more of an interest in the troops' presence than Syria has and that Israel' army could stand up to the threats.
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Background: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has said Israel will oppose any attempt at political blackmail in exchange for the renewal of the U.N. peace keeping forces mandate.
In an address to Knesset (parliament) in Jerusalem on Wednesday (10 March) the Prime Minister accused Syria of exploiting the sensitivity in the world with regard to the Middle East by political blackmail. This was being done by covert and overt military threats in anticipation of the renewal date on 30 May of the U.N. mandate in the Golan Heights, he said.
Mr. Rabin said Syria would do well not to play with fire. The U.N. forces are part of the disengagement agreement signed between Syria and Israel and he said there is no reason for Israel to have more of an interest in their presence than Syria has.
"In my view in the circumstances created following the interim agreement with Egypt, Syria should have a greater interest than Israel in the observance of the agreement", he said.
The Prime Minister reiterated Israel's position on the proposed U.S./Egyptian arms deal. He said Israel opposed the supply of military equipment and arms to Egypt.
"The debate with the U.S. is a bitter one. It is a bitter debate because the subject is one of vital significance and principle for Israel. It is a bitter debate because it is with the administration of the friendliest country Israel has in the world."