Israeli Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir is flying here to give Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig Jr. a chance to argue against an Israeli veto of European participation in a multinational Sinai peace-keeping force, according to diplomatic sources.
Tomorrow's meeting was arranged at Haig's initiative yesterday after Israeli Ambassador Ephraim Evron told Haig of Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin's intention to bar European countries from participating in the Sinai force on grounds that they have made statements contrary to the Camp David accords, according to Israeli sources.
France, Britain, Italy and the Netherlands have announced their willingness to participate in the Sinai force but also have issued statements that reiterate European doubts about the Camp David accords.
Haig told Evron yesterday that the United States believes it important for Israel and for the success of the accords to have European countries participate in the Sinai force, according to an Israeli source.
Haig urged Israel to pay attention to what European nations do, not what they say, this source said. Haig said he wants to relay this message personally to Shamir.
Begin has voiced strong objections to the European nations for not supporting the accords and for recognizing the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Israel also opposes inclusion of the four nations in the Sinai force, according to one Israeli official, "because the four nations have a different perception of the role of the peace-keeping force . . . . "
This official cited statements in which the four nations maintain that participation in the Sinai force would not exclude their participation in other international peace-keeping forces in the region.
"I can hardly see what is now open for discussion," said one Israeli source, expressing doubt that Haig can head off Israeli opposition to inclusion of the Europeans.
State Department spokesmen issued a statement noting that Shamir will visit Haig for discussions that will cover "a wide range of issues of mutual concern."
Reporters aboard Haig's plane returning from talks in Mexico this week were told that the United States would consider it "tragic" if Israel rejected European participation in the Sinai force, since this would be a significant involvement of Europeans in implementation of the Camp David process.