United States Envoy, Robert Strauss ended his mission to Israel on Tuesday, (July 3) by admitting that the negotiations on Palestinian autonomy could take longer than expected.
GV AND ZOOM OUT United State Special Ambassador Robert Strauss descending from aircraft at Ben Gurion airport.
GV Strauss being greeted by Israeli Interior Minister Yosef Burg, in English.
GV AND PAN Israeli security police driving in jeep at airport.
SV AND ZOOM IN Burg making welcoming speech for Strauss (left)
SV INTERIOR AND PAN Prime Minister Menachen Begin talking to Strauss
SV Strauss delivers statement to newsmen U.S. Ambassador Samuel Lewis listens. (3 shots)
SCU Henry Kissinger speaking.
SV INTERIOR US Senator Henry Jackson seated with Begin. ZOOM IN TO CU Senator Jackson speaking in English.
"I can assure you that on our side there is no delaying tactics, that from our side, since the twenty-fifth of May, we had six meetings, this will be the sixth on this week in Alexandria. And I hope the talks we will have tomorrow and after tomorrow will be helpful, useful and productive"
STRAUSS: "Well, the Prime Minister and I had a nice long visit and I think it was really more, I think what Ambassador Lewis would describe as a getting better acquainted conversation, and I suspect setting the stage for a more specific discussion".
KISSINGER: "We started in '73 when nobody believed that any negotiations would succeed. Now we are six years later...not even six years later and of course there are many obstacles. But I believe that they can be overcome, may-be not in one step, but in several steps. So I'm basically optimistic and I will tell others what I say in America".
JACKSON: "We talked about the broad world situation, and also discussed the West Bank. We discussed the issues of security. I think from my stand-point the key for the West Bank is to get an understanding on the need for defensible borders".
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Background: United States Envoy, Robert Strauss ended his mission to Israel on Tuesday, (July 3) by admitting that the negotiations on Palestinian autonomy could take longer than expected. He left Jerusalem on Tuesday (3 July) to fly to Alexandria to hear the Egyptian vies on the subject. Egypt wants full autonomy for the Palestinians on the West Bank and the ??? Strip, while Israel wants a severely limited form of self-rule under its sovereignty. Following his final talks with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Mr. Strauss was joined by former U.S. Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger and U.S. Senator Henry Jackson.
SYNOPSIS: Robert Strauss arrived at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv on Sunday (1 July) and was met by Minister of the Interior, Yosef Burg who is chairman of the Israeli delegation to the talks.
The next day, following talks with Begin, in Jerusalem, Strauss Kissinger and Jackson spoke to newsmen.