The Middle East...and as Egypt and israel hold talks in Alexandria on Palestinian self-rule, criticisms?
LV Jewish settlement, with helicopter approaching.
MV Three Israeli children playing, soldiers and others in background.
CU Defence Minister Ezer Weizman out of helicopter.
GV Soldiers near hillside with shepherds and sheep in middle distance.
CU Mr. Weizman addressing demonstrators.
CU Mr. Weizman driving off in jeep with soldiers.
MV Soldiers walking up hillside.
MV People on hillside, watching soldiers.
WEIZMAN:"Unfortunately, a group of young people politically differ in some of the decisions of the Israeli government and have taken action here to demonstrate and prevent the decision of the government to establish this particular settlement near Nablus. It is the duty of the defence forces to carry out the decisions of the government. This is exactly why I'm here this morning. Thank you."
QUERY FROM CROWD:"Isn't it going to stop peace?"
WEIZMAN:"Nothing is going to stop peace, my boy."
The Gush Emunin settlers claim that the West Bank is part of Israel's God-given land. Mr. Begin subscribes to this view and has promised the land will never be returned to full Arab control. Peace Now leaders objected at the way the land was requisitioned just before the bulldozers were sent in. This had denied the Arab owners the right of appeal through the courts, the objectors claimed. They also condemned the way the settlers had carved out an access road through agricultural land not covered by the requisition order.
Up to 300 homes are to be built in the first stage and about 70 families are expected to move into the town - called Alon Morei - in the next two months. In Nablus, small groups of Arabs demonstrated and local businesses shut in a strike protest. But Israeli troops forced shopkeepers to reopen. Reuters also reported that Israeli authorities had prohibited the Mayor of Nablus, Bassem al-Shaka, from holding a press conference.
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Background: The Middle East...and as Egypt and israel hold talks in Alexandria on Palestinian self-rule, criticisms continue both inside Israel and abroad about Jewish settlements in occupied territory. The latest controversy is over the new settlement on the outskirts of Nablus, the biggest Arab town on the occupied West Bank. Early this month (June), the Israeli Cabinet voted narrowly in favour of creating the Jewish town and will invest two million dollars (U.S.) in its development. The move has been denounced within Israel by the opposition Labour Party and other groups...and on Sunday (10 June) members of the Peace Now movement staged a protest in Nabius.
SYNOPSIS: Several hundred demonstrators set up a blockade on the road leading to the hilltop where settlers took over private Arab fields last Thursday (7 June).
But they agreed to leave after Defence Minister Ezer Weizman arrived to ask them to avoid clashes with the settlers, all Gush Emunin fanatics.
Mr. Weizman himself had voted against the establishment of the settlement and had refused to sign a declaration that it was essential for Israel's security. But, he told the protestors, the settlement decision was now irrevocable.