White House Statement on the President's Discussions with Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin
President, the Vice President, and other top officials have met with Israeli
Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin over the past 2 days. The President noted that
The President expressed his concern about ominous new military developments in the region. In particular, he called attention to the proliferation of ballistic missiles and chemical capabilities. He observed that such capabilities could change the military situation, making any future war far more costly, difficult to control, and dangerous. Both the President and Vice President emphasized in their meetings with Defense Minister Rabin the need for international efforts to stop this proliferation. They also stressed that these trends put a premium both on continuing U.S.-Israeli defense cooperation and energetically working for peace in the area.
President paid tribute to what Defense Minister Rabin has done to strengthen
Israeli capability for self-defense. Defense Minister Rabin has also done much
to develop our strategic partnership and give it substance. He has recognized
President and Vice President reaffirmed