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Cabinet Unanimously Endorses Mrs. Meir’s Rejection of Rogers’ Program for Suez Interim Accord

The Cabinet unanimously endorsed Premier Golda Meir’s rejection of the six-point program for a Suez interim settlement suggested by US Secretary of State William P. Rogers in his speech to the UN General Assembly on Oct. 4. At its meeting here last night, the Cabinet also reaffirmed Israel’s stand in favor of an interim arrangement with Egypt but only on certain conditions which are in conflict with those outlined by Rogers as “parameters” of a settlement. The Israeli program insists that an interim agreement must be separate and apart from any future overall peace settlement in the Middle East, that it must carry with it a cease-fire of unlimited duration and that no Egyptian troops be allowed to cross the canal. Israel also demands navigation rights for its shipping once the waterway is reopened.