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Israel Expected to Take Tough Stand with Kissinger on the Issue of Disengagement with Syria

April 30, 1974
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Israeli leaders are expected to take a tough stand with U.S. Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger on disengagement with the Syrians. Kissinger’s efforts to bring about an Israeli-Syrian disengagement accord are expected to take much longer than with Egypt and the Secretary may well return to Washington this time without any final agreement concluded.

These estimations emerged here today as the care-taker government prepared for a special Cabinet session tomorrow afternoon to adopt a final position on disengagement with Syria. The Cabinet will hear a report from Ambassador Simcha Dinitz and is expected to discuss the latest developments in U.S.-Israeli relations. Observers expect Israeli leaders to demand that Kissinger explain U.S. motivations in its support last week of a Security Council resolution condemning Israel for its April 12 commando raid into Lebanon without mentioning the Kiryat Shemona massacre of April 11.

The possibility of an Israeli agreement to withdraw from the Golan Heights town of Kuneitra is expected to be discussed at tomorrow’s Cabinet meeting. But the consensus is that the government will not alter its policy of refusing to give up any territory captured in the 1967 Six-Day War as part of a disengagement accord.

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