Israeli Prime Minister, menachem Begin, arrived in Norway on Friday (8 December) to receive his share of the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize.
Israeli Prime Minister, menachem Begin, arrived in Norway on Friday (8 December) to receive his share of the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize. The prize, which he shares with Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, will be presented in Oslo on Sunday (10 December). Mr Sadat has decided against coming to Oslo because of what he terms "the lack of progress" in the current Egypt-israeli peace negotiations. Before leaving for Oslo, Mr. begin was asked to comment on remarks made by United States President, Jimmy Carter, that a peace treaty should be signed by December the seventeenth. Mr. Begin said that, as far as Israel was concerned, it was ready to sign an agreement "at any moment".
SYNOPSIS: At Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport Mr Begin made his brief statement to newsmen.
Mr Begin also said that, although he was the recipient of the peace prize, the people of Israel deserved the honour, because of what he called their "love of peace, and their endeavours and sacrifices to achieve it."
Then Mr. Begin was whisked away by private helicopter to Oslo's city centre. Police, who have mounted the biggest security operation in Norwegian history, say he will use the helicopter for all his travels in the city -- including the journey to the prize-giving ceremony on Sunday.
Pro-Palestinian groups have been planning demonstrations against Mr. Begin. But police have mounted as a discreet cordon around the Royal Palace where he is staying.