Israel Government Rejects Egyptian Peace Plan
(July 9, 1978)
On July 9, 1978, the Israeli cabinet turned down Egyptian peace proposals but agreed to accept an invitation issued by U.S. President Jimmy Carter to attend a tripartite meeting in London.
The following communique was issued by the Israel Foreign Ministry:
The proposals submitted by the Egyptian Government on July 3, 1978
entitled: Proposals relative to withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza
and security arrangements are unacceptable to Israel and cannot by their
nature lead to the establishment of peace in the Middle East and the
conclusion of peace treaties with Israel.
The Cabinet decided to accept the invitation of the U.S. Secretary
of State and to delegate Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan to the meetings
with the Foreign Minister of Egypt Mr. Kamel which will take place in
London on the 18th and 19th July, 1978.
Foreign Minister Dayan will present Israel's peace
plan to the London conference with the view to resume the work of the
Egyptian-Israeli Political Committee and the promotion of the peace-making
process aiming at the conclusion of peace treaties.