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Gromyko: I have not rejected Cyprus.
Kissinger: My idea is, we have so difficult a time in Jerusalem this week, that if you can avoid being in Damascus while I am there ... So it will not inflame things.
Gromyko: You will be there when?
A talist country could not afford such a practice.
Kissinger: You will hear from me by noon Saturday, Washington time.
Gromyko: It is of secondary importance. Let us not exclude this possibility.
Kissinger: I will conduct myself with an attitude of emphasizing coordinated activity. I will not encourage an attitude of Soviet exclusion. The reality cannot be this anyway.
Today there is a vicious Israeli press campaign against me. That I am here to sell them out.
Gromyko: The difference between your statements and ours is this: Your statement emphasizes cooperation. We say: "Of course we are ready to cooperate with the U.S. and in contact with the countries concerned." You say, “Of course we do not exclude the possibility of cooperation with the Soviet Union." Or, "Soviet Union did not do anything bad." Always understatement, understatement, understatement.
Kissinger: I understand.
Gromyko: At your last press conference* you said something positive, but it was so reserved. I may hold my right ear with my right hand
but not my
Kissinger: In the American context, it was as far as I could go without inflaming the situation. Our press corps does not believe me. They believe Dinitz. Anatoli's friend.
3 May 4. No record of that message has been found.
For the text of the April 26 press conference, see Department of State Bulletin, May 20, 1974, pp. 537–546.
Seriously, we have strongly urged them to do it. They asked our opinion, and were reluctant. We strongly urged them. It is an excellent idea.
Dobrynin: I will have lunch with him.
Kissinger: I do not believe in losing battles.
Gromyko: Tell me frankly, will Israel go beyond the present proposal?
Kissinger: If they do not, it is very gloomy. I have not decided whether this press campaign is to justify not going beyond the present proposal, or whether it is to show how tough they are so they can.
We will try to make them go beyond the present proposal. It would be helpful if you could urge the Syrians to be restrained.
I will let you know what their proposal is when I get one. In general, my view is they have to go beyond the October 6 line.
Gromyko: We do not understand Israel's idea. They are living not on earth, maybe in another galaxy.
Dobrynin: The Minister said 60 percent withdrawal. What do you think would be a reasonable compromise?
Kissinger: About 20-25 percent. It depends on whether you count the salient. The salient we think has to be given up completely.
Gromyko: When the Conference will start to work? And the Military Group? At once after the groups start, or after the conclusion of a formal agreement?
Kissinger: Once we have the conclusion of an agreement in principle, the formal agreement will be very quick. By mid-June, the Conference will start. With preliminary meetings of our two Ambassadors.
Gromyko: You are seeing Egyptian President Sadat-I was going to say your friend Sadat ...
Kissinger: [Laughs] I remember when he was calling you brother, ... I am seeing him Tuesday night. My view is, a change in 180° in one direction can be followed by a change in 180° in the other direction, and we do not base U.S.-Soviet relations on the maneuvers of secondary powers. If you saw the records of our conversations, we have urged great restraint. None of these statements is encouraged by us, to put it mildly.
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Gromyko: You see his statements: one, the Soviet Union always restrained Egypt.
Kissinger: We consider those things for which you are attacked to be positive things.
[Nancy comes in. There is social conversation from 1:00 to 1:05 p.m.) The Palestinians
Gromyko: About the Palestinians, when we meet at the Conference, do we quarrel? Will we collide, or will we agree? Do the Palestinians speak for themselves, or with translators?
Kissinger: It depends on the stage at which it is introduced. We do not quarrel with the evolution. I do not quarrel with the statement you just made.
Gromyko: The Arab countries will take the logical position.
Kissinger: Probably. We will probably establish some contact with them.
Gromyko: You have?
Kissinger: We have received some information from them, but we will have contact after Syrian disengagement. Jackson Amendment
You have to assess our domestic context and the Israeli context. In that context, you will have to admit we have followed a course in the interest of Soviet-American relations.
On Trade and the Export-Import Bank. So far, they have not linked emigration and Ex-Im. As soon as I return, I am working along two lines: Senator Cranston' is organizing what will look like a movement of the rank and file, and I am working with the leadership, to get an agreed compromise.
The time frame is by the time I return-I am not suggesting you do something, but that is the correct time frame if you do something.
One issue that concerns them is numbers.
The General Secretary said to me and to Kennedy that everybody without a security clearance can go.
Gromyko: We told you.
6 Nancy Maginnes Kissinger, whom Kissinger married on March 30, 1974.
Kissinger: Yes. If it were possible for me to ...
Kissinger: If I could give an estimate—not confirmed by you—of what this means in numbers.
Gromyko: What would you say?
Kissinger: He attacked me for détente with the Soviet Union. When I say the way to prevent nuclear war is better cooperation with the Soviet Union, he says I am encouraging the Soviet Union to threaten nuclear war, and I am yielding to Soviet totalitarian methods.
Dobrynin: On harassment, this fellow Levitch, who organized the group for Kennedy, was working in sensitive areas. He was let off; so he had two months vacation with pay, doing nothing. His job is the same.
Kissinger: Can I say this percentage given by the General Secretary means in the area of 40–45,000?
Kissinger: Second, can you tell me the answer on geographical areas, that it is not discrimination?
Kissinger: Third, whatever you want to tell me on what they call harassment.
With these assurances, I have a good chance to turn around the Jackson Amendment and almost a certain chance on credits.
On credits, they will be in the form of Congress having an opportunity to vote in 30 days. It almost never happens. You remember the debt rescheduling with India, which many Senators opposed; they never could organize.
With the Jackson Amendment, we will make a judgment either to defeat it and pass the bill, or kill the whole bill and start again in Jan
uary. If we pass the bill, it will mean credits have already been taken care of in the Ex-Im billo and Jackson will apply only to trade.
Cranston was prepared to introduce the whole thing in the Ex-Im bill, but it was too dangerous.
Nobody will introduce anything until I get back. Jackson or Stevensono may introduce a restrictive amendment on credits. Nothing will happen until I return.
Gromyko: When will you know?
Kissinger: On credits, by the summit. On trade, the trends will become quite clear by the summit.
Gromyko: What is the President's situation?
Kissinger: As I told your Ambassador yesterday, the court verdict yesterday (Mitchell-Stans acquittal]" will greatly strengthen the President. It will greatly affect the climate. Today the President is making a speech disclosing the evidence;12 he thinks it will be helpful.
There is a climate now that is composed of conservatives and intellectuals, particularly Jewish intellectuals, who think if they attack us, particularly me, on the Middle East, they can kill détente and our Middle East policy.
I did not fight for a couple of months because the time was not right. I have agreed with Kennedy to coordinate against Jackson. I have attacked Jackson twice last week-once by my statement, once by a State Department statement, and Reston wrote two articles. 13
Fulbright is organizing public hearings-nationally televised-on détente.
With all of this, plus disengagement in the Middle East, we will be in a strong position.
Gromyko: On this question of impeachment.
The Export-Import Bank Bill, passed by the Senate on September 19, required advance notice to Congress if credits of more than $60 million were granted to any nation and limited new commitments to Soviet exports to $30 million. (Congress and the Nation, Vol. IV, 1973–1976, pp. 134-136)
Adlai Stevenson, Democratic Senator from Illinois.
11 John Mitchell, former Attorney General, and Maurice Stans, former Secretary of Commerce were found not guilty of interfering in the Securities and Exchange Commission's investigation of Robert Vesco. (Martin Arnold, “Mitchell and Stans Are Acquitted on all Counts After 48-Day Trial,” The New York Times, April 29, 1974, p. 69)
12 On April 29, Nixon addressed the nation to announce his answer to a Congressional subpoena for additional tape recordings. For the full text, see Public Papers: Nixon, 1974, pp. 389–397.
13 See James Reston, “Kissinger and Jackson," The New York Times, April 26, 1974, p. 37; and James Reston, “Two who need own arms talk," Chicago Tribune, April 28, 1974,
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