Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan is in Brussels for talks with NATO, Common Market and Belgian leaders and will meet Egyptian Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil and United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance over the weekend (23/24 December).
GV(Lebanon)damaged buildings and debris of bombing aftermath (NINE SHOTS)
GV(Israel)damaged buildings and debris and man clearing debris (THREE SHOTS)
GV(Jerusalem)King David Hotel (TWO SHOTS)
SV PAN INTERIOR FROM people at dinner TO Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin at head of table
GV ZOOM IN Begin speaking in English
BEGIN: "I suppose any appeal to the Security Council by Israel would be fruitless. We have an experience; we cannot expect, as far as the Security Council is concerned, justice to be done to Israel, because of its composition. The majority of the members don't even have diplomatic relations with Israel. My friend, this is one of the most serious issues confronting us. I would make a very simple statement: We shall defend our people."
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Background: Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan is in Brussels for talks with NATO, Common Market and Belgian leaders and will meet Egyptian Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil and United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance over the weekend (23/24 December). It is hoped that their meeting will break the present deadlock in the Israeli - Egyptian peace talks. However, the proceedings have been overshadowed by an exchange of artillery and rocket fire between Israel and Lebanon over the last two days.
SYNOPSIS: On Tuesday (20 December) Israel hit Palestinian targets near the South Lebanese ports of Tyre and Sidon. The raids were in retaliation for a series of recent bomb attacks in which four Israelis were killed and sixty-seven injured. Early on Wednesday (21 December) Israeli artillery fire was concentrated on military barracks near Nabatiyeh in south Lebanon. According to a Palestinian spokesman, seven people were wounded in these attacks. Three more villages nearby were also hit by Israeli shells.
The Lebanese contribution to the rocket and artillery duel was the shelling of an apartment block in the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona. Palestinian rockets killed one man and injured four people. Kiryat Shmona has been a frequent target of cross-border attacks.
But these tailed off after the Israeli invasion of South Lebanon last March.
The missiles used in this latest attack were Soviet made Katyusha rockets. They were launched from behind the Lebanese border.
Meanwhile, at a dinner in Jerusalem's King David Hotel, Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin called his country's raids an act of legitimate national self-defence. He went on: