JERUSALEM (Jan. 30)
Defense Minister Ezer Weizman praised Egypt for the way it is carrying out its part of the normalization process with Israel. Weizman, who the Cabinet put in charge of the normalization machinery, told the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Security Committee yesterday that the Egyptians were sincere about implementing normalization.
He said his function was to create “the contractual basis” for normalization and that once this stage is completed, the Foreign Ministry will take charge of the process itself. He explained that President Anwar Sadat wanted the process to move swiftly and be completed by March 15. Sadat prefers this to a step-by-step process that would draw attacks from the Arab rejectionists each time a stage was implemented. He said Israeli and Egyptian ministers will exchange official visits shortly in connection with the normalization process.
Weizman will meet this Sunday with the directors general of the various Israeli ministries to discuss normalization as it applies to each of their respective fields. The directors general will then contact their counterparts in Egypt to prepare mutual agreements in various areas.