INTRODUCTION: Israel has stressed it's being patient, not weak, in its dealings with the presence of Syrian troops in southern Lebanon.
GV ZOOM IN TO SV Israel's Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin speaking to audience in Jerusalem
SV Lebanese armoured vehicle patrolling border area with gunfire in background (2 shots)
SV Foreign Minister, Yigal Allon with other officials walking to border fence and talking to Lebanese people on other side (3 shots)
SV Border patrolguards on Israeli side
SV Syrian vehicles along border road with Allon's voice over (3 shots)
RABIN: "In regard to the situation in southern Lebanon, we watch very closely the development there. Our main and only concern is Israel's security. We have shown patience in dealing with the problems that have been created lately. We prefer that the situation will be corrected by peaceful diplomatic means, but I hope that no one will make a mistake to take our patience as a sign of weakness."
ALLON: "It isn't true that Israel opposes the presence and operation of the Lebanese forces in the southern section of Lebanon. We are not seeking the maintenance of a vacuum in southern Lebanon, but there is one thing that Israel cannot tolerate, the turning of southern Lebanon into a confrontation area."
Mr Waldheim is to have talks with both Arab and Israeli leaders on trying to get the conference reconvened. The major stumbling block is the presence of the PLO. The Arab states, with the backing of the United Nations General Assembly, insists that the PLO take part in new talks. But Israel regards the PLO as a terrorist group and refuses to negotiate with it.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Israel has stressed it's being patient, not weak, in its dealings with the presence of Syrian troops in southern Lebanon. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, said this when speaking to leaders of the Israel Bonds campaign in Jerusalem on Monday (31 January). His speech came as the United Nations Secretary-General, Kurt Waldheim, prepared to fly to the Middle East for a six-nation tour. He's hoping to get the Geneva Middle East Peace conference reconvened, with the palestine Liberation Organization taking part after the formal opening.
SYNOPSIS: Israel has been trying to get the Syrians to withdraw, as Mr Rabin said in his speech on Sunday.
The Syrian troops entered southern Lebanon last week after being sent there by the Arab league peace keeping force. They are stationed only 11 kilometres (seven miles) from Israel's border.
Israel has expressed deep concern at the move and the Israeli Foreign Minister Yigal Allon visited the area of Sunday.
He said the situation on the border was on the threshold of a possible crisis. As he spoke, gunfire echoed across the border from the hills of southern Lebanon, where the civil was still continues intermittently.