JERUSALEM (Aug. 25)
The Cabinet unanimously approved today Premier Yitzhak Rabin’s visit to the U.S. “during the first half of Sept.” Since most of the weekly Cabinet session was devoted for the second week to intensive discussions over the lessons of the Yom Kippur War, the Cabinet did not go into the prospective contents of Rabin’s talks and merely heard the Premier’s statement on the visit.
Rabin mentioned that the invitation for his visit was handed to him by former President Nixon on his recent visit to Israel. The joint communique of July 17 said that the Israeli Premier would visit the U.S. at the end of the summer, and this description of the time of Rabin’s visit was also adopted by President Ford when he renewed the invitation Aug. 9.
The Cabinet reportedly did not discuss Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger’s remarks at a press conference last week about the date of Rabin’s visit. It was mentioned that there was actually no difference between “the first part of September” and “the end of the summer.”
LESSONS OF WAR MUST CONTINUE
The Cabinet devoted five more hours for the study of the Yom Kippur War lessons, thus completing the sessions it had decided to devote for that subject. Rabin remarked that the correct lessons have been learned, but he added: “The learning of lessons is not a one time affair. It is a continuous effort which demands fresh thought and continuous application of the renovations of the study of combat.”
The Cabinet also decided to authorize Education Minister Aharon Yadlin to enforce emergency regulations that will allow school principals and local councils to force parents, teachers and older students to participate in the guarding of their schools. Up to now the guarding of educational institutions was arranged by improvised arrangements between school officials and parents committees. The new regulations will allow for much more organized security measures.
The Cabinet also decided to allow youth trips in most parts of the country, subject to security measures. After the Kiryat Shemona and Maalot tragedies there was a temporary suspension of all youth trips.