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Allon; Pact with Egypt Will Be Carried out Even if U.S. Does Not Implement Personnel in the Sinai

Foreign Minister Yigal Allon said in an interview published here that Israel would not be deterred from carrying out its new interim accord with Egypt even if the United States was unable to implement that part of the pact calling for American civilian technicians to man an advance warning radar post between the lines of the two sides in Sinai. Allon was referring to opposition in Congress to the presence of American personnel in that region.

If the Americans, for one reason or another, cannot man the early warning station, Israel, together with Egypt, will find some other solution to the problem, Allon said. The Foreign Minister said he was not disturbed by President Ford’s message to President Anwar Sadat of Egypt in which he said the U.S. would not permit a hiatus in efforts to make progress toward a final settlement of the Middle East conflict. Israel itself does not want a stalemate and shall have to come forward with new ideas, new plans for peace. Allon said.

Defense Minister Shimon Peres, in another interview, called for an interim agreement with Syria, something Premier Yitzhak Rabin has ruled out in the foreseeable future, and also said there was no room for a further interim pact with Egypt.