“As long as there is no agreement on the West Bank and Jerusalem which satisfies the Palestinians, they will be driven increasingly to extremism; moderate governments in the area and Western interest will be increasingly threatened; opportunities for Soviet influence and intervention will increase; and so will the danger of a new war,” the cable said.
THATCHER DESRCIBES BEGIN’S W.BANK POLICY “ABSURD”
Other documents were also released, in which they revealed that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had some difficulties in dealing with former Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
According to the documents, Thatcher described Begin as the “most difficult” man she had to deal with in the early years of her premiership.
Thatcher said at the time that all “efforts to convince Mr. Begin that his West Bank policy was absurd, and that there should not be Israeli settlements on the West Bank, had failed to move him.”
“His response was that Judea and Samaria had been Jewish in biblical times and that they should therefore be so today,” she said.
The papers reveal that, during a meeting with French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing in November 1979, Thatcher admitted she had “never had a more difficult man to deal with” than Begin.”
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