Israeli Prime Minister, menachem Begin, arrived in Norway on Friday (8 December) to receive his share of the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize.
GV terminal building at ben Gurion Airport, Tel Aviv
CU Israeli wall emblem and cameraman
CU Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin speaking
SV military vehicles and troops surrounding airport
GV & SV Mr. Begin shakes hands with Israeli officials and walks up steps into aircraft (FOUR SHOTS)
GV Norwegian helicopter taking Begin from Fornebu Airport, Oslo, to city (THREE SHOTS)
SV Begin walks fro helicopter to Royal Palace in Oslo city centre (THREE SHOTS)
BEGIN: "From our point of view, there is no problem of the target date of the seventeenth of December. From the point of view of Israel, where is no problem whatsoever. We can sign the peace treaty today, we can sign it next week, we could have signed it last week. In the wake of the decision taken over the...more than a fortnight ago by the Cabinet, namely: we are prepared to sign the draft peace treaty of the eleventh of November as it is."
The inclusion of the Israeli leader in this year's peace prize has received widespread criticism both in Norway and aboard. At least two pro-Palestinian organisations are planning to hold demonstrations in Oslo on Sunday -- the day of the awards ceremony.
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Background: 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.