United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance flew back to Cairo on Thursday (14 December) after concluding a round of talks with Israeli leaders in Tel Aviv on the Egyptian-Israeli peace negotiations.
GV Defence Minister Ezer Weizman of Israel entering Knesset in Jerusalem
GV United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance arriving
GV Meeting in session, Vance, Begin and Cabinet Ministers (4 shots)
GV & SVs Begin and vance approach microphones to speak
SV Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin speaking
CU Vance speaking
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 6: BEGIN: "There are certain differences of opinion between the Egyptian and the Israeli position, and we discussed it freely as friends. Tomorrow, there will be a special session of the Cabinet of Israel at ten-thirty, at which a decision will be taken, and then we shall inform our friends about the conference. Again, I thank the Secretary of State for his kindness, and all the efforts he made during his journey to Cairo and Jerusalem and back, and we shall continue our friendly discussions."
SEQ. 7: VANCE: "I am going back to the United States because I must be back there in connection with other matters that are totally unrelated to the Middle East question. I shall be stopping briefly on my way back tonight in Cairo, and then will be flying on tomorrow, to arrive tomorrow afternoon in Washington. We will continue, as the Prime Minister said, in the pursuit of peace. This is our common goal, and we are determined that goal will be achieved."
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Background: United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance flew back to Cairo on Thursday (14 December) after concluding a round of talks with Israeli leaders in Tel Aviv on the Egyptian-Israeli peace negotiations. The Israeli Cabinet was due to meet on Friday (15 December) in special session to discuss new proposals that Mr. Vance had brought from Cairo two days previously. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem begin told a news conference on Thursday that differences of opinion still existed in the positions of the two nations. An Israeli government source said the same day that Israel would reject the latest Egyptian proposals, although the White House in Washington had just declared Israel would be solely responsible for success or failure of the negotiations. In Washington, President Carter said he had not given up hope the two countries would conclude a treaty by Sunday (17 December), despite the stalemate.
SYNOPSIS: Israeli Defence Minister Ezer Weizman entering the Knesset (parliament) for talks. Mr. Vance had said on Wednesday he would be going back to Washington ahead of schedule because he felt he could gain nothing further, but the next day, said his return was to attend to non-Mid-East business. The swift rebuff by the israelis to the proposals on Wednesday had raised sharp feelings with the American delegation.
The Israelis criticised the Americans for accepting conditions which they considered hardened Egypt's position. Mr. Begin gave his views.