JERUSALEM (Dec. 18)
The Cabinet met this afternoon–the third time this week–to finalize details for the Geneva conference and hear from Foreign Minister Abba Eban the outline of his speech to the opening session. After the meeting it was announced that Premier Golda Meir would deliver a political statement Thursday morning to the Knesset on Israel’s decision to take part in the conference. The Premier is then expected to outline the talks with Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and explain how Israel’s reservations over auspices and over the invitation were soothed away by the Secretary.
The Cabinet also approved Israel’s official delegation to Geneva: it includes Eban himself; Deputy Director General Ephraim Evron; Israel’s Ambassador to Italy, Moshe Sasson (an Arab affairs expert); legal advisor Dr. Meir Rosen; and three of the Foreign Ministry’s senior advisors–Shmuel Divon (Arab affairs), Mordechai Kidron (UN affairs), and Eytan Bezur (political advisor).