TEL AVIV (Jan. 3)
Defense Minister Moshe Dayan warned today that the Israeli-Egyptian cease-fire was deteriorating Because of continuing Egyptian violations but said that the problem was one for the Israelis and Egyptians to solve and that he would not discuss it with American officials he meets in Washington tomorrow. Dayan spoke to reporters at Lod Airport before taking off for Washington where he will meet with Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, Defense Secretary James R. Schlesinger and other officials. He said his talks with Schlesinger would concern arms purchases.
Dayan and-Kissinger will be discussing the Israeli-Egyptian disengagement talks currently under way in Geneva. The Defense Minister said he was not taking any maps with him to Washington–just the basic decisions of his government. He said it was too early to predict that the Geneva disengagement talks are on the verge of a successful conclusion. Referring to the daily shooting incidents along the Egyptian front, Dayan said it was the Egyptians who opened fire. That situation cannot be tolerated and cannot remain one-sided, he warned.
Eight Israeli soldiers were wounded yesterday by Egyptian artillery fire southwest of Lake Timsah. Other fire exchanges on the Egyptian front were reported in the Ismailia region, west of Fayid and in the Suez area. Israel held up supply convoys to the encircled Egyptian Third Army and the town of Suez as long as the shooting continued.