INTRODUCTION: The Israeli government has been discussing the future of about 300 young Jews who've set up an illegal tent settlement on the occupied West Bank.
GV EXTERIOR Site of Givat Ze'ev settlement
SV Four people carrying folded tent
GV People laying out canvas and tying ropes of tent (2 shots)
SCU Child with Israeli flag
GV Armed sentries in background
GV Men unloading breeze blocks from truck
SVs Men carrying breeze blocks (2 shots)
GV Men on building site ZOOM IN TO SV
SV Armed soldier gets into truck which leaves
SCU Settler Avi Gonen speaking in English
SV PULL OUT TO GV Men at flagpole with Israeli flag at top
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT) SEQ. 10: GONEN: "We see this place as our home. There are no leaders of the group because the land belongs to the state of Israel. The government has officially approved Givat Ze'ev as our permanent settlement, a strategic location which protects the northern boundaries of our capital city, Jerusalem. We have already lived three and a half years in a temporary settlement and we intend to remain here to begin to build our permanent homes."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Israeli government has been discussing the future of about 300 young Jews who've set up an illegal tent settlement on the occupied West Bank. The settlers are members of organisations believing in unlimited Jewish settlement in Arab areas captured by Israel in the 1967 war. They have defied government requests to leave the hilltop at Givat Ze'ev, 10 kilometres (about 6 miles) north of Jerusalem.
SYNOPSIS: The settlers spent their first night on the desolate hilltop on Sunday (25 January). They brought building blocks to the rocky site and prepared to establish a permanent home. The Deputy Defence Minister, Mordechai Zippori, said he could recommend the army to eject the settlers if they refused to go. Four months ago, the same group pitched tents on the hillside, but Mr. Zippori soon persuaded them to leave.
The Israeli government plans to build more settlements in the occupied West Bank, five months before it faces a general election. This could nearly double the region's Jewish population of 17,000. The opposition Labour Party, however, says it will withdraw from large sections of the West Bank in exchange for a peace agreement with Jordan.
The spokesman for the settlers, Mr. Avi Gonen, said Israel's government promised to let them build the settlement months ago. Nothing had been heard since then. But his community intended to go ahead with its plans: