INTRODUCTION: The Israeli government have been quick to condemn the meeting between the French Foreign Minister Claude Cheysson and the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation Yassar Arafat.
SCU INT Kimche speaking
CU Don Dickson speaking (asks question)
SCU Kimche speaking, Dickson listening (3 shots)
SV Body being carried by mourners to cemetery (EXT)
SV Body being put into grave
CU Rabbi conducting service as body is buried (4 shots)
CU INT. Kimche Question off camera - Dickson
KIMCHE: "Well frankly we deplore that meeting, we think it was unfortunate that a country like France, with all that it stands for, should hold such a meeting with a man who stands at the head of a terrorists organisation just one day after the attack on the Vienna Synagogue. We think this was rather cynical and we said so. We think this encourages the PLO to continue its activity and we have said this in the most uncertain way to the French government. We think that it would be preferable in every manner that as long as the PLO continues terrorist activity as long as it condones terrorist activity, the civilised world should shun that organisation."
DICKSON: "First of all M. Cheysson said that he recognised the PLO as a representative of the Palestinian people although not the only representative. What's wrong with taking this view?"
KIMCHE: "They of course do have a following. Every extremist groups has a following, you can see that throughout history. They definitely do not represent the mainstream of the Palestinians living in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Unfortunately many of them are physically afraid of the PLO, who have assassinated quite a number of moderate people among the Arab population in the last few months. Therefore they do not dare say these things out aloud."
DICKSON (off camera): "To what extent do you believe the policies of the government of Austria have contributed to the climate which has permitted this sort of thing to happen?"
KIMCHE: "Well I wouldn't want to do what Chancellor Kreisky did. He accused us of being responsible. I wouldn't want to accuse the Austrians of being responsible, because the responsibility is naturally that of the PLO alone. But I do believe that encouragement given to the PLO by Chancellor Kreisky and the Austrian government and by others, indirectly encourages increasing violence by that organisation."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Israeli government have been quick to condemn the meeting between the French Foreign Minister Claude Cheysson and the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation Yassar Arafat. The Israelis were particularly upset because the meeting on Sunday (August 30) came the day after a raid by Palestinian extremists on an Austrian synagogue. David Kimche, director general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, gave this statement of his governments views, to Don Dickson.
SYNOPSIS: And the body of one of the two people killed in Saturday's attack was buried in Jerusalem's main cemetery.
The religious service took place against a background of diplomatic wrangling over the terrorist incident. Israel has protested to the Austrian government that the Chancellor Bruno Kreisky has encouraged PLO terrorists. Mr. Kreisky was reported to have said the fatal attack was the result of Israels attitude to the Palestine question. Meanwhile in Vienna two men have now been placed in custody as investigations into the attack go on. Six people originally held, have been released.