Mrs. Meir: Nixon Administration Promised U.S. Will Push for Removal of Missile Sites
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Mrs. Meir: Nixon Administration Promised U.S. Will Push for Removal of Missile Sites

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Premier Golda Meir said Friday that the Nixon Administration promised her that the U.S. will try “with greater vigor and at a higher level” to persuade Egypt and the Soviet Union to remove missiles and missile sites installed in the cease-fire zone after the truce went into effect Aug. 7. Mrs. Meir appeared on a television interview to report on her American visit a week ago. Israel lodged still another complaint of Egyptian-cease-fire violations with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO). The complaint, submitted to the UN representatives Friday mentioned the deployment of additional SAM-2 missiles in the standstill zone less than three kilometers west of the Suez Canal and the construction of foundations for new missile-launching pads in the same area. The complaint was based on intelligence obtained by the Israel Army last Thursday. Mrs. Meir told her television audience that there were no longer any differences of opinion between Israel and the U.S. over the extent of Egyptian cease-fire violations. She indicated that Israel would have to deal with the threat itself if U.S. diplomatic efforts failed. Mrs. Meir also said that she had made it clear in Washington that Israel would not agree to anything remotely similar to the boundaries of 1967. She said that in some places the 1967 boundaries would have to undergo “radical changes.” “I took upon myself to explain this in the U.S. and I think that I succeeded,” she said.

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