Egypt has strongly criticised an Israeli Government statement maintaining that Jews have a right to settle anywhere on the occupied West Bank of the Jordan.
GV PAN Crowds gathered on Efrat site listening to speaker making address in Hebrew ZOOM INTO Dr. Yosef Burg with glasses and skullcap, Housing Minister David Levy, sitting on left of Dr. Burg, on his left, Mr. Zevulun Hammer, Minister of Education
GV Crowd listening
CU Housing Minister David Levy throwing cement into hole in ground. This is the first cement column of the first building Efrat
SV Crowds signing as other Ministers pour cement into hole (2 shots)
GV Army security forces in streets of Hebron during curfew
SV Families of settlers walking through the streets of Hebron
TV AND CU Rabbi Moshe Levinger addressing settlers (2 shots)
SV Settlers holding banners "Prime Minister begin for whole Sinai" etc
GV Settlers outside Cave of Patriarchs and Synagogue of Abraham
SV spokesman for settlers speaking in English at spot where soldier was murdered
Settlers lay stones building monument for dead soldier (3 shots)
ISRAELI SPOKESMAN: "Right here at this point, where Jewish women are today living in the suburbs of the city of Hebron and Kiryat Arba and come to do their shopping. It was when one of our neighbours, one of the women, was in the middle of her shopping over here and she found in the middle of the transaction the store was being closed on her, the shutters were being shut and as the turned around, saw as if a signal had been given, all of the Arabs in the area fleeing, and looked around and found that on the floor was lying a Jewish boy, one of our neighbours, with blood flowing from the back of his head."
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Background: Egypt has strongly criticised an Israeli Government statement maintaining that Jews have a right to settle anywhere on the occupied West Bank of the Jordan. The Middle East News Agency, quoting an official Egyptian source on Monday (February 11), said the move contradicted the letter and the spirit of the 1978 Cap David agreements between the two countries. The Agency said the israeli move placed obstacles in the way of negotiations on self-government for Palestinians on the West Bank of the Jordan and in the Gaza Strip. On the same day, Israeli ministers laid the cornerstone of what is planned to be one of the biggest Jewish settlements on the West Bank.
SYNOPSIS: The historic ceremony signalled the start of the building of Efrat--an urban settlement on the Jerusalem-Hebron road--and was attended by members of the Israeli Cabinet.
Israeli Housing Minister David Levy started work on the first house to be built in Efrat. The Housing Ministry said it hoped to build the first 350 flats in the town within two years. It is planned to settle five thousand families there within ten years.
In Hebron, the Israeli Army maintained a strict curfew for ten days after the murder of a part-time Israeli soldier in the town's market place. Following the killing, the Israeli Government confirmed its position that Jews had a right to settle anywhere on the West Bank.
Israeli settlers visiting Hebron listened to Rabbi Levinger criticising his government for preventing Jews settling in the town. Previous Israeli governments have resisted attempts by Jews to settle inside Arab towns since the West bank was captured from Jordan in 1967. The present government's statement asserting Jewish people had a right to settle anywhere on the West Bank was n indication on a change of policy.
An angry Israeli settler described the scene when the part-time soldier met his death and where he was murdered:
Local settlers insisted on setting up a monument to the dead youth despite resistance by the Israeli Army which reportedly feared this could heighten tension in the town.