WASHINGTON (Oct. 13)
“For the time being, it does not look like the Arabs will take the risk of another war. Rather the Arabs will continue their war of attrition. Peace however will be achieved within the next five to 10 years,” Israeli Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin said yesterday at the opening session of the Pioneer Women’s convention here.
Addressing more than 1,500 delegates and guests, Gen. Rabin said, “I don’t believe that in the second half of the 20th Century dictatorships that lie to their people can be sustained. President Nasser (of Egypt) will not be able to overcome the revolt of the young people who are not now allowed to talk much less declare a day of ‘moratorium.’”
He added that “the Arab people cannot continue to support leaders who tell them lies of victories rather than build up their country.” Gen. Rabin commented that the Arabs had no hope of defeating Israel militarily. In citing the three previous Arab- Israeli conflicts in which each Israeli victory was “stronger” than the previous one, he said, “if they ask for the fourth war, we are going to follow in the same way.” As long as Israel has one supersonic plane for every three Arab planes, we feel safe,” he said.