INTRODUCTION: Israel's Labour Party leader Shimon Peres has settled his long-standing feud with former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and brought him into the party's leadership line-up as the Israeli opposition's general election trump card.
GV Peres with Rabin and Bar Lev on platform with newsmen facing them. (2 SHOTS)
SV Rabin speaking in English.
SV Peres speaking in English.
GV Begin supporters wave placards at rally.
SV Begin speaking in Hebrew.
GV Crowd chanting as Begin looks on.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
RABIN (SEQ. 2): "I believe it's the ultimate national need to bring about, in the coming election, the return of the Labour Party to run the country's affairs. I believe that this ultimate goal should practically be over-riding of all other factors and notions, etcetera."
PERES (SEQ. 3): "The crisis with Egypt, the crisis with the United States, the crisis of the missiles, the economic crisis...what should we do? Continue personal quarrels? Or unite in the face of the future? And secondly, I came to the conclusion that we shall do better than the Likud, but in order to do our best, we have really to unite and employ every talent, every ounce of goodwill to order our nation the best available people. The team was enlarged by Mr. Rabin joining in, Mr. Bar Lev remaining and I am sure that we doing for the best interests of the country...it was a tough decision and I am glad that all of us have decided and we can face with a straight conscience the future of the Labour Party."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Israel's Labour Party leader Shimon Peres has settled his long-standing feud with former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and brought him into the party's leadership line-up as the Israeli opposition's general election trump card. Mr. Rabin is widely regarded as Israel's most popular public figure and his endorsement of Mr. Peres could be a decisive influence on the general election due to take place on June 30.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Peres, flanked by Mr. Rabin and party leader Haim Bar Lev, introduced his new alliance at a rally in Jerusalem on Thursday (25 June) at which Mr. Rabin and Mr. Peres spoke.
Meanwhile, in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan, Prime Minister Menachem Begin made reference to the new Labour alliance. He said the Labour Party must be approaching the election in a state of panic if they had been forced to bring Mr. Rabin and Mr. Peres together. As he spoke, the latest opinion polls in Israel showed the race between Mr. Begin's Likud Party and Mr. Peres' Labour Party to be narrowing significantly after Mr. Begin had established an early lead.