INTRODUCTION: A United States Senate delegation visiting Israel has encountered strong opposition to the planned supply of American AWACS electronic surveillance aircraft and upgraded F-15 fighters to Saudi Arabia.
SV PAN INTERIOR U.S. Senator Baker and Shimon Peres walk into breakfast room of St. David's Hotel.
CU PAN Baker and Peres talking over breakfast table.
GV EXTERIOR Prime Minister's office.
SV INTERIOR Begin and Baker seated at table with delegates. Baker and Begin talk across conference table. (3 SHOTS)
CU Sign outside Premier's office.
SCU Baker speaking.
CU Begin speaking in English.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 6: BAKER: "We covered a range of subjects. The elements, the principal elements of the conversation dealt with the proposed sale of an F-15 enhancement package and an AWACS package to Saudi Arabia and its upcoming consideration in the United States Senate, with the methods and potential impossibility for trying to improve and accelerate the peace process, especially how we might go about a speed-up of the implementation of the Camp David accords, and a discussion of the situation in Lebanon. The Prime Minister was most forthcoming. He was generous with his time. I believe I recount correctly that he has no enthusiasm whatever for any sale of F-15 enhancement equipment to Saudi Arabia, nor for the sale of AWACS aircraft."
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 8: BEGIN: "I stressed that this is a very grave danger to Israel's security without any qualification and I explained in detail why it is so. The Senators were very friendly. The discussion was very warm and they told me also that they have seen much throughout the day and they gave me their impressions which are very important."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A United States Senate delegation visiting Israel has encountered strong opposition to the planned supply of American AWACS electronic surveillance aircraft and upgraded F-15 fighters to Saudi Arabia. Prime Minister Menachem Begin told the delegation led by Senator Howard Baker that the sale constituted a very real danger to Israel's security.
SYNOPSIS: All Israeli leaders who met the U.S. Senate delegation, including opposition leader Shimon Peres expressed strong opposition to the planned arms deal with Saudi Arabia. Although the weapons ostensibly are to be supplied to the Saudis for defence against a possible invasion by the Soviet Union, the Israelis expressed a fear that the weapons might be turned against them.
The Senators were in Israel to explore possibilities to reviving the Mideast peace drive. They flew into Israel from Saudi Arabia and continued on to Egypt on Wednesday (15 April). But the planned Saudi arms deal was uppermost in Prime Minister Menachem Begin's mind and tended to dominate the discussions. Senator Baker promised to study the issue further. He then briefed reporters about the talks.
And Mr. Begin confirmed this: