Egypt is Not at All Moderate

Newspaper: Jewish Herald
posted on:
14 In jan 1975
Individuals - Anwar Sadat, Yasser Arafat, Yitzchak Rabin. Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Arabs of Israel, Palestinians. States - Egypt, Jordan. Foreign Policy - Fundamentals of Foreign Policy. Security - Fundamentals of Israeli Security. Greater Land of Israel - Greater Israel, Sinai Peninsula, Transjordan. Peace , Peace Agreements , peace process with Egypt
Begin combats Rabin's statement that Egypt is a moderate nation. Begin believes, unlike Rabin, that retreating to the 1967 borders and "restoring the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people" would be the first steps towards "the liquidation of Israel in stages." At the Rabat conference it was decided that Arafat would be the spokesman for the Arab inhabitants in Israel, and he was authorized to demand the establishment of a Palestinian State. Begin poses two important questions: If a country whose aim is to destroy Israel is moderate, what is extreme? And how does it look to the rest of the world if the leader of the country Egypt wishes to destroy says it is moderate? Begin believes that it is harmful to have a Prime Minister, like Rabin, who believes that Judea and Samaria do not rightfully belong to Israel.