INTRODUCTION: Israel has established a new outpost in the Jordan River valley, close to the northern shores of the Dead Sea amid growing acceptance of proposals to resume the 1973 Geneva Middle East conference.
GV & LV Entrance to new Israeli settlement, Nahal Almog, West Bank (2 shots)
LV PAN Young Israelis in uniform walking through new settlement
GV Bulldozers moving earth around new buildings
SV Young women outside new houses
SV Guard of Honour including men and women soldiers march past
SV & CU Israeli Defence Minister, Shimon Peres, greeted by local commander General Efrat (grey haired man in uniform) and other officials (2 shots)
LVs & CU New settlers seated watching as flag raised (3 shots)
SVs PAN Peres and officers walk past Guard of Honour (2 shots)
CU Peres speaking in English
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 10: ISRAELI DEFENCE MINISTER SHIMON PERES: "The Jordanians are planning to develop agriculturally the eastern part of the Jordan River. We are developing this part. I understand that Jordanians plan to build a potash factory on the Dead Sea and so do we. All that calls for either tacit but certainly important cooperation between our two countries and I believe that the day will come that instead of farmers we shall have here workers, factories and tractors on both sides of the frontier."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Israel has established a new outpost in the Jordan River valley, close to the northern shores of the Dead Sea amid growing acceptance of proposals to resume the 1973 Geneva Middle East conference. The major topic at the conference would be the creation of a Palestinian state on the West Bank -- with Israel withdrawing completely.
SYNOPSIS: The outpost, officially established on Tuesday (25 January), was named "Nahal Almog" after the Israeli pioneer, Yehuda Almog, founder of the Dead Sea Potash Works and the man who was determined to turn the Dead Sea "into a sea of life". Many similar "Nahals", or military kibbutzes, have been established by young men doing National Service.
In "Nahal Almog", the soldier-settlers have all been recruited from the Israeli Labour Party's kibbutz movement.
Mr. Shimon Peres, Israel's Defence Minister, arrived for the flag-raising ceremony in "Nahal Almog". he was received by General Yona Efrat, representing the Central Military Command in the area.
On the eve of the ceremony Mr. Peres told newsmen in Jerusalem that "Israel has not intention of annexing has no intention of annexing the West Bank, as Israel understands the deep historic ties between the West and East Banks of the Jordan".