Waiting for Word from Egypt on Dayan’s Disengagement Plan

Well- placed sources here said today that Israel was awaiting word from Washington on Egypt’s reaction to the ideas on separation of forces which Defense Minister Moshe Dayan put to U.S. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger in their weekend talks in Washington. (See Monday’s News Bulletin, P. 1) Thus far no word has been received, but the sources say they are not surprised since the Egyptians, and probably the Russians, too, would want to carefully consider the ideas. The Egyptian reaction is due to come through Kissinger–and if it is favorable the Cabinet will then, make detailed concrete proposals based on Dayan’s ideas.

There were reports here yesterday and again today that Kissinger would make another sweep through the Mideast within the next 10 days–regardless of State Department spokesman George Vest’s denial yesterday. Officials here note that such a trip had been mooted but nothing definite or even half-definite had been arranged. A source close to Dayan said no mention of such a trip had been made during the talks over the weekend in Washington. This source asserted that no progress was likely at the continuing military talks at Geneva until an Egyptian reaction was forth-coming to the Dayan ideas as transmitted by Kissinger.

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