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at lunch today did not happen.

Somehow, it will have to be his initiative, and I believe that if he does take the iniative, I will respond, if we are able to respond to each other in terms of the honesty, the integrity, and the clarity of our respective feelings about this matter. I will not respond by pretending that I have feelings or perspectives that are more acceptable to him. And the only way I will is if, between now and the time we meet again, there develops and emerges overwhelming evidence, or much more evidence than I see now, that this act of piracy is more justified than I believe it is now.

Because where I stand is -- I think that what was done is morally no more defensible than the terrorist's act, itself.

The last thing I said, as we walked off, I said that -- “You know, according to our newspapers, you would not know that there were negotiations going on, and that Amin or his negotiators had all reason to believe that they were going to be successful within a short period of time. The Israeli government itself, or its spokesmen, said in one of the earlier articles, which has never been repeated, that they used the negotiations as cover behind which to plan and execute the brilliant success of this act.”

My friends dismissed that as evidence of the conspiracy, of Amin with the conspirators.

Well, I see nothing in it to support that yet. And I pointed out to them that Amin had been successful, a few days before, in getting some of the passengers released; that he had given many indications that the others were going to be released. What I presume --

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