INTRODUCTION: Israel's Defence Minister, Ariel Sharon, has visited the site of a new city to be built in the occupied West Bank.
JERUSALEM/EMMANUEL, WEST BANK (VISNEWS - ELI FASTMAN)
GVs Christians marching (3 shots)
SV Sign International Christian Embassy
CU Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek speaking
GV Helicopter arriving at site of new city
SV Sharon greeted by Agudat Yisrael group leader
Background: INTRODUCTION: Israel's Defence Minister, Ariel Sharon, has visited the site of a new city to be built in the occupied West Bank. It's to be occupied by members of the hard-line religious group, Agudat Yisrael. At the same time the Mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek, urged a group of visiting Christians to convince their governments that the city could never be divided again.
SYNOPSIS: Three thousand Christians, from 30 countries, took part in the traditional Jerusalem March on Thursday (15 October).
This year's events were organised by the International Christian Embassy, set up last year following Israel's decision to annexe East Jerusalem. Mayor Kollek called on the Christians for their support.
On the same day the Defense Minister, Ariel Sharon, visited the site of the controversial new city to be built in the occupied West Bank.
He was greeted by a leader of the Agudat Yisrael group, whose members will start moving into Emmanuel, as the city's to be called, next spring.
The visit was timed to coincide with celebrations marketing the Succot religious holiday. About 20,000 people turned up to attend the festivities at Emmanuel and to listen to a speech delivered by the Defence Minister.
Mr. Sharon told his audience that the Jewish people have their roots in the Biblical lands, and that the new city would strengthen those roots. The government of Prime Minister Begin supports new settlements occupied territories, and relies on the political backing of conservative religious groups like Agudat Yisrael.