Rabin: Ready to Return Territories to Achieve Peace with Arab States

Israeli Premier Yitzhak Rabin said in a newspaper interview here that Israel “is ready to negotiate and surrender territories to achieve a true peace with the Arab states.” He ruled out, however, the possibility of Israeli withdrawal to the pre-Six-Day War borders in a Mideast peace settlement.

“Israel wants a true peace, with agreement and mutual concessions and fulfillment of mutual claims on all sides,” he told the Danish weekly “Weekend Berlingsk Aften” in an interview this weekend. The Israeli Premier also indicated his country is prepared to accept the establishment of a military-controlled area between Jordan and Israel.

Rabin expressed concern about Syria’s continued extreme anti-Israel stance despite the Israeli-Syrian disengagement accord. He said Syria’s position was being strongly backed by the Soviet Union and warned that renewed hostilities between Syria and Israel is “a dangerous possibility.” Turning to Europe, Rabin said he hoped the Europeans would increase their purchase of Israeli products to help even up the trade balance between Europe and the Jewish State.

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