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POLICY BACKGR UND


SAFEGUARDING NATION'S SECURITY UHILE STRIVING FOR PEACE

REMAIN CENTRAL TASKS OF NEW ISRAEL GOVERNMENT



Highlights from the Address
by
Mrs. Golda Meir, Prime Minister
On Presenting her Cabinet to the Knesset (Parliament)
Jerusalem, March 17, 1969























EMBASSY OF ISRAEL

Washington, D.C.


March 18, 1969




'*IRS. GOLDA MEIR,: PKIMIE, MINISTER
ON PRESENTING HER CABINET TO THE KNESSET (PARLIAMENT)
JERUSALEM, MARCH 17, 1969


Central Tasks
As in the past, the central tasks' facing Israel today are, above
all, to safeguard the nation's security and to continue to strive for
peace...We are as resolutely determined as the previous government
that there shall never again be a return to the borders and conditions
which existed on June 4, 1967, and which not only enabled our enemies
to threaten us with annihilation, but tempted them to believe in their
capacity to carry out their plan. We want peace under conditions that
will put an end to the temptation of a new Arab aggression...
The secret of Israel's endurance in the struggles and wars that
have been forced upon us since we achieved our independence is the
inexorable tie between survival and sovereignty and our consciousness
of this tie...For us, and perhaps not only for us, there is no alter-
native to a resolute confrontation of the struggle and the defeat of
the designs of the aggressors. Our existence in this part of the
world is no transient phenomenon. We are not a foreign growth in
this region. We cannot be uprooted from our homeland...


Ceasgfire Transformed into Front Line
It has been our fate that while we engrossed ourselves in con-
structive and creative work in our homeland, we have had to defend
our lives and our achievements and take up arms against attackers
and aggressors...It has never been our aspiration to win victory in
war, but to prevent wars. It has, nevertheless, been demonstrated
that when wars have been forced upon us, we have been able to fulfill
our task. And there is no doubt in my heart that if a new war is
forced upon us again, we shall again be victorious...We will not
accept any arrangement that is not true peace. We shall not agree
to any "solution" which does not guarantee that this war is the last
war, Unfortunately, the Arab rulers have repulsed the outstretched
hand...We consented to a ceasefire. The Arab States also agreed to
the ceasefire. But only a few days passed before the ceasefire lines
became front lines of continuous aggression waged against us by the
Arab States. In truth, the war is not yet over. Day in, day out,
our sons are falling at their posts...The actions and utterances of
the Arab rulers give no promise of approaching tranquility...


Responsibility for Terrorism
As far as violations of the ceasefire are concerned, we are not
prepared to distinguish between aggression waged by regular armies
and acts of murder and sabotage perpetrated by terrorist organizations.






The responsibility for the saboteurs' activities must also rest
squarely on the shoulders of those governments and states from whose
territories the saboteurs go forth with one single purpose: to wreak
murder in the midst of the civilian population of Israel...The Arab
States must understand that the ceasefire lines can be tranquil only
if quiet is maintained on both sides of the lines...No political
factor has the moral right to deny us the authority and justification
to exercise our right to self-defense against acts of murder and
sabotage, irrespective of whether they are perpetrated by regular
armies or by terrorist organizations...


"Arranoements" Cannot Be a Substitute for Peace
It is impossible to ignore the attempt to convene the four powers
for discussions and recommendations on the problems of the Middle East...
One cannot help wcnder that one of the powers considers itself quali-
fied lo ceal with Israel-Arab affairs as a neutral, although it
shoulders such a heavy responsibility for the aggressive preparations
which brought about the Six-Day Lar. Another one of the four powers
is a state whose government's only constructive contribution to the
aid of Ierael has buen the imp-'ition of an embargo on arms for Israel.
All of this government's declarations and measures since the Six-Day
War are distinguished by blatant onesidedness in matters affecting our
existence and the conditions for our very physical survival. No de-
cision can L~ adopted without us nor can any "recommendation" be for-
mulated without our consent. It is a dangerous illusion to assume
that any solution can be found in any arrangements whatever without
reaj peace. between th. parties to the conflict...We cannot acquiesce
in the toleration afforded to the stubborn refusal of the Arab leaders
which ruis counter to the United Nations charter and is opposed to all
international Practice to sit down with us to negotiate a solution to
all probleais.. ..e want one simple and elementary thing, vital to us
and to our re g:Kbors; pc-ce in the literal sense of the word, to be
reached by face to face talks. This is the only way to peace...
Israel, like every independent state or free nation, will not permit
others to deltrmin- its fate...


Status-- .Q.Lo S'hall Remain Until Peace Is Achieved
We have assisted and uJill continue to assist Jarring in the execu-
tion of his task to bring the sides together for the purpose of estab-
lishing a permanent pace, as he was instructed to do by the Security
Council resolution...In the absence of any readiness for peace, we have
only one choice; whilst ue do everything for peace, we must make every
effort to be prepared to defend ourselves and to live under the present
circumstances so long as there is no peace even if it should take a
long time, much lcn;er than we should desire.




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