New York (Feb. 10)
Calls for Egyptian pledges of non-belligerence before Israel leaves Egyptian territory were voiced on two separate national television programs today by leading Israeli spokesmen in this country.
Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel’s Foreign Minister, pointed out that Israel had already evacuated 98 percent of the Sinai Peninsula and is justified in asking for her security guarantees. She underlined that states which themselves have failed to heed United Nations decisions are now pressing for sanctions against Israel.
Abba Eban, Israel’s delegate to the UN, told a television audience that a mutual expression of non-belligerence would ease the Israel-Egyptian situation and make possible implementation of practical means of ending hostile actions. He questioned UN moves to take over Gaza, indicating that this would upset the stability which Israel has brought to the territory. Ambassador Eban drew a parallel between Israel’s situation at the moment and the American Revolutionary situation.