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Tracking Number:  169243

Title:  "US Admires Israeli Restraint After Scud Attacks." Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger's expression of US admiration for Israeli restraint in not counterattacking in the face of Iraqi Scud missile attacks. (910121)

Date:  19910121

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01/21/91 1Me Tx U.S. ADMIRES ISRAELI RESTRAINT AFTER SCUD ATTACKS (Text: Eagleburger Statement in Tel Aviv) (560)

Washington -- Deputy Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger publicly expressed United States admiration January 21 for Israel's restraint in the face of Iraqi Scud missile attacks and strongly reiterated the U.S. committment to Israel's security.

Eagleburger was sent to Israel over the weekend by President Bush to consult directly with Prime Minister Shamir and other Israeli leaders in the wake of last week's unprovoked Iraqi missile attacks, for which Israel has not yet retaliated.

The deputy secretary, speaking in Tel Aviv, noted that Bush has taken "a number of concrete steps" to help Israel deal with this threat. These include:

-- Continued devotion by the United States and its anti- Iraq coalition partners of enormous, persistent military and intelligence assets to the objective of destroying Iraqi Scud missile launchers; and

-- The unprecedented, immediate transfer to Israel of Patriot anti-missile units, with their U.S. crews.

Eagleburger said the United States and Israel have engaged in "constant and intensive consultations" since the Iraqi missile attacks began. "President Bush and Prime Minister Shamir have talked with each other often and intimately during these critical days," he pointed out.

"We recognize and respect the right of every sovereign state to defend itself, and thus have never questioned Israel's right to respond to attack," the deputy secretary said. "We also recognize and respect Israel's desire not to be drawn into this conflict, and greatly admire Israel's restraint in the face of Iraq's deliberate and murderous effort to widen the conflict caused by its aggression against Kuwait."

The following is the text of Eagleburger's statement, as it was delivered in Tel Aviv, and released by the State Department in Washington:

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GE 2 SFF102 Last week Iraq launched an unprovoked attack on Israel, using Scud missiles. President Bush expressed the outrage of the United States over this reckless act of terror and aggression, as did leaders of all civilized nations. The president has taken a number of concrete steps to help Israel deal with this threat. These include, amongst others:

-- The continued devotion by the United States and coalition partners of enormous, persistent military and intelligence assets to the objective of destroying Iraqi Scud missile launchers.

-- And, in an unprecedented action, the immediate transfer to Israel of Patriot anti-missile units, with their U.S. crews and with PAC II missiles.

This period has been marked by constant and intensive consultations between our two governments. President Bush and Prime Minister Shamir have talked with each other often and intimately during these critical days.

The United States stands with Israel in defending against Iraqi aggression. The United States is -- as it has been for many years -- committed to the security of Israel. We recognize and respect the right of every sovereign state to defend itself, and thus have never questioned Israel's right to respond to attack. We also recognize and respect Israel's desire not to be drawn into this conflict, and greatly admire Israel's restraint in the face of Iraq's deliberate and murderous effort to widen the conflict caused by its aggression against Kuwait.

The president has, at this time of trial for both our nations, sent us to consult with Israeli leaders. My colleagues and I are proud to be here.

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File Identification:  01/21/91, SF-102; 01/21/91, SF-110; 01/21/91, NA-103
Product Name:  Wireless File
Product Code:  WF
Languages:  Spanish; Arabic
Keywords:  EAGLEBURGER, LAWRENCE; ISRAEL-US RELATIONS; IRAQ-ISRAEL RELATIONS/Policy; MISSILES; IRAQ/Defense & Military; MILITARY CAPABILITIES; BUSH, GEORGE/Foreign Relations: Near East & South Asia; OPERATION DESERT STORM; ISRAEL/Defense
Document Type:  TXT
Thematic Codes:  1NE
Target Areas:  AF; AR; EA; EU; NE
PDQ Text Link:  169243; 169219