Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin arrived in Washington on Wednesday (12 November) for talks with President Carter.
SV Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin arriving at airport in Washington, greeted by United states officials
CU Mr. Begin speaking (3 shots)
GV Motorcade leaving airport
SV AND CU President carter and Mr. Begin speaking together at photocall
GV Mr. Carter and Mr. Begin walking down path to awaiting newsmen
SV Mr. Carter speaking
SV Mr. Begin speaking
SV Mr. Carter shaking hands with Mr. Begin
SEQ. 2: BEGIN: "I hope that, on this occasion, we shall have a good opportunity to review the situation in the Middle east, in the light of the latest events. And we'll have to decide about steps in the near future."
SEQ. 6: CARTER: "This has been one of the most difficult, time-consuming, but one of the most gratifying experiences that I've had as President."
SEQ. 7: BEGIN: "Both the President and I share the same views--that the Camp David Agreement is a binding treaty, which should be carried out. We believe that it is a commitment, a sacred trust. We found a way to make peace between the two countries--Egypt and Israel. We have to find a way to bring into realisation the agreement on the full autonomy for the Palestinian Arabs in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza district. It took some time. It may take some time. We have to be patient because it's an historic conflict. It didn't start yesterday. It may not finish tomorrow. We made great progress, we shall make it also in the future."
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Background: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin arrived in Washington on Wednesday (12 November) for talks with President Carter. He had come to the United States a few days earlier on a private visit to attend a centennial celebration in honour of Zionist leader Zeev Jabotinsky, the founder of Mr. Begin's Herut party.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Begin said the peace negotiations with Egypt must go on regardless of the change in American leaders.
His remarks were seen to suggest that, if Mr. Carter and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat agreed, Israel was willing to go ahead with pre-election plans for a summit in December or January. But President carter said a three--way summit was possible, but unlikely.
Both men agreed that the Camp David Accords must remain the cornerstone of Further peace talks.
According to diplomatic sources, further delays could stall the peace progress for up to a year. The incoming Republican administration of Ronald Reagan will need to study the process before picking up the threads of negotiations.