Dayan Urges Israel to Pressure U.S. for International Peace Force

Former Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan urged Israel today to intensify its pressure on the United States to create an international peacekeeping force to patrol Sinai after Israel completes its evacuation next year, as called for in the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty. Dayan, who submitted an urgent agenda motion to that effect in the Knesset, said on the Army Radio that unless such force is in being at the time, Israel should not make its final withdrawal from the peninsula.

Dayan’s motion also insisted that the agreement reached on an international force must be ratified by the Knesset rather than by the Cabinet alone. “The importance of such an agreement is not less than the peace agreement itself because this agreement would in effect be an extract of the peace agreement,” Dayan said. “Just as the peace agreement was brought before the Knesset for final approval, so should this agreement be.”

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