Israel, Egypt and the United States have agreed to speed-up negotiations on Palestinian autonomy in the hope of reaching a may deadline set by the Camp David Summit accords.
GV AND SV (Tel Aviv) Plane taxis and red carpet rolled out
SV AND PULL OUT TO GV: Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil steps down from plane and is greeted by Prime Minister Menachem Begin (2 shots)
GV: Begin and Khalil with aides walk through lobby of Dan Accadia Hotel, Herzliya
SV AND CU: Left to right: Yosef Burg Israel's interior minister, Mustapha Khalil Egyptian Prime Minister Sol Linowitz United States Envoy talking.
SV: JERUSALEM: Linowitz being greeted at Prime Minister's office by Press aide Dan Patir and entering building.
SV AND CU: Begin and Linowitz being seated and chatting as photographers take pictures.
GV: GAZA: Linowitz and Gaza Mayor Rashad A'Shawa arrive at mayor's home and enter
SV AND CU: Linowitz walks to microphone and speaks and newsmen taking notes. (3 shots)
CU: Gaza Mayor Mr. A'Shawa speaking in English
LINOWITZ: "We are both seeking to achieve a resolution of this difficult problem in a way which takes into proper account the interest that concerns the aspiration of all people."
A'SHAWA: "(indistinct)...our stand in our insistence on complete Israeli withdrawal, our insistence to have Israel and the world recognise our right to self determination, our right to establish our national sovereign Palestine state, our right to have all settlements stopped from being built in the West bank of Gaza Strip. and our insistence that Jerusalem is our eternal capital for our future Palestine state."
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Background: Israel, Egypt and the United States have agreed to speed-up negotiations on Palestinian autonomy in the hope of reaching a may deadline set by the Camp David Summit accords. A communique issued on Friday (1 February) after two days of intensive discussions said the delegates had reached what was called "tentative understanding" on a number of issues.
SYNOPSIS: Egyptian Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil and his Foreign Minister Boutros Ghali arrived in Israel on Wednesday (30 January) to act on a week of work by negotiating teams in Tel Aviv.
Mr Khalil welcomed the work by those teams, which have been trying to find points of agreement on what are seen as diametrically opposed viewpoints. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, did not speak at the arrival ceremony.
Formal talks between the two leaders began after a day of behind-the-scenes hotel-room discussions involving United States Special Envoy, Sol Linowitz.
Mr. Linowitz - on the right of Israel's Interior Minister, Yosef, Burg and Mr Khalil - said Israel's plans for palestinian autonomy contained what he called "certain new elements".
A communique issued after two days of intensive discussions said only that the delegates had reached tentative understanding on a number of issues.
The communique added that it was necessary to speed up negotiation in order to reach rapid agreement.
Mr Linowitz considered the progress satisfactory. The task of Mr Linowitz is to seek common ground between Israeli and Egyptian blueprints for the kind of self rule to be given to the Palestinian of the Jordan West Bank and the Gaza Strip. So far Egypt has called for greater freedoms than Israel is prepared to allow.
The ideas advanced by Mr Linowitz - according to Doctor Burg - almost amounted to a new American model. But in the end those ideas did not see the light of day. Mr. Linowitz gave his view at the home of Gaza Mayor Rashad A'Shawa.