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Knesset Unit to Discuss Proposal on El Arish

The Knesset Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee will discuss a proposal that Israel should offer to set up a joint industrial project with Egypt in the town of El Arish in northern Sinai. The idea was raised today in the Knesset plenum by Knesset member David Golomb of the Democratic Movement for Change (DMC). Golomb accused the government of rejecting Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s suggestion of an Israeli goodwill gesture in El Arish. “Why is it that each Israeli response begins with a no?” he asked.

Replying for the government, Minister-Without-Portfolio Moshe Nissim said Israel had replied positively to Sadat’s suggestion, but asked for time to consider the issue. It was Sadat who rejected the idea, Nissim said.