Three Israeli ministers served notice Friday night that the country has "no intention of squandering our military feats in any other way than by translating them into a permanent peace."
Foreign Minister Abba Eban told a large gathering that Israel will under no circumstances return to the 1949 armistice agreements and the outdated status quo. Eban will lead the Israeli delegation to the special session of the UN General Assembly of the Mideast crisis.
Minister Menachem Begin said the point of departure is not any international debate or the old armistice agreements, "but a peace treaty upon which we have reason to place credence. Until we have peace, we shall not budge from an inch of territory, come what may."
Minister Yisrael Galilee said the signing of a permanent peace treaty with each of the neighboring Arab states is "inseparable from the territorial questions."
"Until we get a durable peace we shall have no alternative but to hold on to our present borders," he said.