INTRODUCTION: American peace envoy Philip Habib returned unexpectedly to Beirut on Friday (22 May) as he continued his efforts to solve the confrontation between Israel and Syria.
CU JERUSALEM: American envoy Philip Habib PAN TO Israeli opposition leader Shimon Peres
CV Peres speaking to reporter (2 shots)
SV BEIRUT PLO leader Yasser Arafat seated at table as reporter takes notes (MUTE) (2 shots)
SV Arafat speaking
GV ZOOM IN TO SV TUNISIA: (MUTE) Flags flying on building
SV Arafat greeted by Tunisian government members
CU PAN FROM Tunisian official TO Arafat and another Tunisian representative with officials seated nearby (2 shots)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 2: REPORTER: "What is your reaction to the latest talks between Mr. Habib and Mr. Begin?"
PERES: "Well, talking is better than shooting. But as I have said my impression is, and I am speaking only on behalf of myself, that we have gained time. There is not yet a real solution to the problem, and I think we have to consider it still as very serious."
REPORTER: "Is there now a better consensus, or a lesser consensus, between you and Mr. Begin, sir?"
PERES: "Well, we differ on the general concept about Israeli involvement in Lebanon. We agreed that this is the right thing to do, namely to reach a solution."
SEQ. 4: ARAFAT: "You know that we consider this a very important meeting, especially...it means that the whole Arab world, the Arab countries, are facing the aggression of the Israeli military forces against the Palestinians, against the PLO, against Lebanon, against Syria, are standing firmly in one line."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: American peace envoy Philip Habib returned unexpectedly to Beirut on Friday (22 May) as he continued his efforts to solve the confrontation between Israel and Syria. Tension in the area continued to mount, with Syria rejecting Israel's conditions for settling the missile crisis as 'mad' and a virtual declaration of war.
SYNOPSIS: On Thursday (21 May) Mr. Habib continued his talks in Jerusalem, meeting Opposition leader Shimon Peres after seeing Prime Minister Begin. Afterwards, Mr. Peres spoke about the crisis, which began when Syria stationed missiles in Lebanon's strategic Bekaa Valley.
In Beirut, the leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, Yasser Arafat, held a news conference to discuss an emergency meeting of the Arab League in Tunisia over the missile crisis.
Mr. Arafat flew straight on to Tunis for the meeting, which had been requested by Algeria. A number of Arab countries had reservations about the date of the meeting, because it conflicted with a conference of Gulf foreign ministers in Abu Dhabi over the weekend. But there were increasing doubts among Arabs and Israelis about the possible success of peace efforts. Syria claimed on Friday it had shot down another two Israeli reconnaissance planes -- although Israel admits only to the loss of a single, unpiloted aircraft over the Bekaa Valley.