Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin is to meet President Carter next week to discuss the stalled Middle East peace negotiations, Mr.
INT MV: Israeli Deputy Premier Professor Yigael Yadin seated at desk PAN TO peace movement representatives.
MV: Yadin makes statement in English.
EXT GV: Premier's office, Jerusalem.
EXT MV: Peace movement representative makes statement in English as colleagues look on. (2 SHOTS)
GV ZOOM INTO MV: Premier's office.
MV: Israeli Premier Menachem Begin leaves building.
MVs: Peace movement delegation ??? building and leader speaks to newsmen. (3 SHOTS)
YADIN: "Well I have just had a meeting with the representative of the group which are called Peace Now, or otherwise known as the officers and soldiers movement. First of all I told them that I cannot agree with them as being organised as fighters in the Israeli army and because of that that they have the right to say that they think more than others. All citizens of Israel are members of the army and we are a democracy and we have ways and means, either by political parties, or through the parliament, to express our views. It gives the wrong impression abroad as if, I mean by people who not knowing the structure of the Israeli army, give the wrong picture, as if the army is meddling in politics, which is wrong. It doesn't happen anyhow."
'PEACE NOW' SPOKESMAN: "Well we are very happy to say that in the three main points of our letter to the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister Professor Yadin agrees with us. He agrees that the government has to prefer peace to 'the greater Israel'. It means, he said, that Israel should withdraw from territories in the West Bank for a peace agreement."
PEACE NOW SPOKESMAN: "Our view is that he has to make compromises (INDISTINCT) compromises on the West Bank and this government and the Prime Minister is not willing to do it. I think that we have to call to everyone that thinks like us, that is ready to a territorial compromise in the West Bank, to join us in our struggle in all the democratic means, that we can go out and try to convince this government to change its policies."
The Prime Minister's office said after the meeting that offers to make territorial concessions on the West Bank had been made many times to the Arabs but all such proposals had been rejected. The reply was always a definite no, the demand for a complete pull-back to the 1967 borders and establishment of a Palestinian state, it said.
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Background: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin is to meet President Carter next week to discuss the stalled Middle East peace negotiations, Mr. Begin's office in Jerusalem announced on Sunday (23 April). The Israeli Premier is going to America to join in celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. Mr. Begin described his last U.S. visit for Middle East talks with Mr. Carter, during March, as the most difficult time of his life. The two sides ran into deadlock over Mr. Begin's insistence on retaining Israeli settlements in occupied Arab land, and the Arab demand for a Palestinian homeland. The Israeli Premier, and Deputy Premier Professor Yigael Yadin, recently met critics from Israel's 'Peace Now' movement which is demanding government concessions in order to achieve peace.
SYNOPSIS: The first of the meetings, which both took place at Mr. Begin's office building in Jerusalem, was with Professor Yadin. He criticised the movement's use of members' status as reserve officers.
However the delegation seemed pleased with the results of the meeting.
The 'Peace Now' representatives were less happy after their meeting with Mr. Begin. They claimed that he was still rigidly opposed to any withdrawal from the occupied West Bank of the Jordan, and called for supporters to try to help change government policy.