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Israeli Diplomats Expect Soviet Union to Reject Latest American Peace Proposals

November 17, 1969
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Although no official Soviet reply has been given, diplomatic sources here believe that Moscow will reject the latest American proposals for a Mideast settlement because of the strong Egyptian opposition to them. The recent proposals by Washington call for a return to the international boundaries that existed between Palestine and Egypt before 1948. This would return Sinai and the Sharm el-Sheikh to Egypt but would leave the Gaza Strip in Israel hands.

Diplomats here say that Egypt in effect has already turned down the proposals in behalf of Moscow They noted that Egyptian propaganda has been directed mainly against the U.S. during the past two months and believe that Cairo’s position is the determining factor for the Kremlin in the matter.

The Cabinet announced that it will hold a special session tomorrow devoted to defense and foreign policy matters. Today’s session was brief owing to the funeral of Abraham Krinitzi, the 83-year-old mayor Ramai Gan who was killed in a traffic accident. Mr. Krinitzi, was elected last month for the 12th time as mayor, was killed in a traffic accident. His son-in-law and his driver also were killed. A noted political personality, the mayor was always associated with the Liberal-party and moved into the Herut-Liberal (Gahal) alignment when it was formed. As manager of a Turkish war material plant in Damascus, he brought to. Palestine casts for grenades which the pre-state Haganah manufactured. He made Ramat Gan known for its gardens, particularly the national park where he will be buried.

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