During a news conference on Israel's border with Lebanon, Israel's opposition Labour Party leader, Shimon Peres, has echoed Prime Minister Begin's call for Syrian missiles in Lebanon to be withdrawn.
The "Good Fence" and Israeli flags at Metulla
Peres walking with aides and officer through the base, followed by cameramen
Shimon Peres speaking in English
TRANSCRIPT: Shimon Peres: "We in the Labour Party, we felt first of all you have to try the diplomatic channels, and only if this fails to look for other means. We didn't approve of all the things the government did. Neither did the government seek our counsel for the shooting down of the helicopters and the other measures the government had in mind. But I believe we are agreed that we should see that the missiles are removed. Lebanon does not have an air force, so there is no need for a Syrian anti-aircraft force, or any air force in Lebanon itself. On the other hand, Israel has already been attacked three times, surprisingly, by the Syrians, and we feel we are entitled to have an early-warning system. This is a must for the defence of this country."
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Background: During a news conference on Israel's border with Lebanon, Israel's opposition Labour Party leader, Shimon Peres, has echoed Prime Minister Begin's call for Syrian missiles in Lebanon to be withdrawn.
Mr Peres spoke at Metulla. He was visiting Israel's northern border, the so-called "Good Fence" between Israel and Lebanon. He made some remarks on the Israeli shooting down of two Syrian helicopters.