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    JERUSALEM & WASHINGTON DC, U.S.A.

    In a rare display of unity, the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) expressed concern on Monday (15 February) over possible arms sales to Jordan by the United States.

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    1. GV PAN Knesset in session; member speaking in Hebrew as others listen (4 shots) (Jerusalem) 0.21
    2. CU Shimon Peres talking to newsmen in English 0.49
    3. LV INTERIOR Knesset with Peres speaking in Hebrew (2 shots) 1.03
    4. SCU Menachem Begin speaking in Hebrew 1.18
    5. (MUTE) LV Knesset 1.21
    6. CU U.S. Defence Secretary Caspar Weinberger speaking in Washington 2.11
    SPEECH TRANSCRIPT SEQ: TWO:
    PERES: "We consider the possible supply of F-16 which is a very dangerous aircraft and improved and mobile Hawk ground to air missiles a real danger to the security of Israel considering that Jordan refused until now to join in, in the peace process."
    SEQ: SIX:
    WEINBERGER: "There's no appending sale to Jordan. There have been discussions of things that I had with them as to what their military needs are which of course is one of the statutory responsibilities of the post I have now, and in the course of those discussions they mentioned the fact that to be effective the anti-aircraft defence such as the Hawk missile needs to be mobile which of course is an accepted and standard fact. It is also by definition, by nature, by name, a defensive weapon so we had discussions of that. They have no request pending, if a request comes in it would be considered by the President and the security council, it would then if favourably approved, would have to go to the Congress, so talk of an arms sale to Jordan because we had discussions in Jordan about it is I think really quite premature."
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    Background: JERUSALEM & WASHINGTON DC, U.S.A.

    In a rare display of unity, the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) expressed concern on Monday (15 February) over possible arms sales to Jordan by the United States. The session was called to discuss remarks attributed to Reagan Administration officials that serious consideration would be given to Jordanian requests for F-16 fighter planes and Hawk surface-to-air missiles. Israeli opposition leader Shimon Peres told reporters these weapons could be a danger to Israel in Jordanian hands -- since Jordan refuses to join the peace process talks. Delivering his speech from a wheelchair because of a thigh fracture two months ago, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin said King Hussein of Jordan wanted advanced weapons to prepare attacks on Israel. Mr. Begin's resolution against the possible purchase by Jordan of U.S. arms was passed by 88 votes to three, with six abstentions. In Washington, U.S. Defence Secretary Caspar Weinberger said on Tuesday (16 February) there was no imminent arms sale, although there had been talks with Jordan, but no request had been received.

    Source: REUTERS JERUSALEM & NBC LIMITED

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    Film ID:
    VLVA597JGWKFQTBJIZK9RPTJN60YK
    Media URN:
    VLVA597JGWKFQTBJIZK9RPTJN60YK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/02/1982
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:10:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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