INTRODUCTION: With Israel's general election now only days away (30 June) Prime Minister Menachem Begin and the labour leader Shimon Peres have appeared in a television debate.
SV PAN Peres leaves for studio
SV Begin leaves for studio (3 shots)
SV PAN (INTERIOR) Begin and Peres in studio debate
SCU TV Monitor with mix of image
CU Begin speaking to reporter (EXTERIOR)
CU Peres speaking to reporter
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 5: BEGIN: "I didn't attack anybody, I didn't criticise anybody, neither Mr. Peres person or his party. When he answered, he immediately came over to a violent, vicious attack. A man who launches such attacks gets a reply, I think he got replies."
SEQ. 6: PERES: "I didn't attempt to escape the real issues, because one of the issues is really the record of the present government and the behaviour and concepts of Mr. Begin which I criticise."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: With Israel's general election now only days away (30 June) Prime Minister Menachem Begin and the labour leader Shimon Peres have appeared in a television debate. Both candidates were required to answer identical questions and with 20-percent of the electorate undecided, their answers could help determine crucial voting patterns.
SYNOPSIS: Backers of Mr Peres were wary of the outcome of the debate, knowing the labour leader's shortcomings as a television performer and his inability to match the fierce rhetoric of Mr. Begin.
Although the demands of Israel's coalition government restrict the personal power of the Prime Minister, Mr Begin has managed to turn this election into a clash between two individuals.
Described as the most important 40 minutes in Israel's turbulent election campaign, both men faced the cameras and the debate chairman, who is one of Israel's leading military correspondents.
The debate ended with 'trick' camera work blending the images of both leaders. Outside the studios, the men gave their accounts of the debate.