Despite President Reagan's call for a halt to settlements in occupied Arab territories, Israel is pressing ahead with its plan to settle more than one million Jews in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
1. SCU Yehezkel Landau, Information Secretary of the Strength and Peace organisation, speaking 0.43
2. GV PAN Kiryat Arba settlement near Hebron 0.57
3. SV Settlers in street, one carrying a gun (2 shots) 1.16
4. SCU Woman settler in Moshav Elizar settlement speaking 2.03
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LANDAU: "Well, because we think that there are higher values than the proliferation of Jerusalem (indistinct), mainly peace and justice, which demands in our view some eventual territorial compromise West of the Jordan river between Jewish and Arab sovereignty, and the more the harder it will be to reach that kind of compromise in the future. They're much louder, they do public activities such as sitting in the West Bank, squatting there and demanding they be given the right to settle there, and I am afraid that in this part of the world, cases of extremism and partisan voices claim more attention than voices of moderation and compromise".
MOSHAV ELIZAR RESIDENT: "I think that we can try for an opening, or the situation will become unbearable, not only for the people who live in the area, but for the people who are living (indistinct). If you look up into the air, you can see Tel Aviv, you can see the heights of Tel Aviv, you can see (indistinct). The gun that we have to-day is no problem to the sheep there, all kinds of missiles, all kinds of weapons get used against the people in the valley. And Reagan does not realise the proximity and what's involved in the area. I think it's very sad that he hasn't been here to see the people and to see the places before he makes a plan like that".
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Background: WEST BANK
Despite President Reagan's call for a halt to settlements in occupied Arab territories, Israel is pressing ahead with its plan to settle more than one million Jews in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Plans for seven new settlements there have been approved by the Israel government, but some orthodox Jewish organisations, such as Strength and Peace, have expressed reservations over the policy. The organisation's information secretary, Mr. Yehezkel Landau, says a territorial compromise between Jews and Arabs has become necessary in the territories situated West of the Jordan river. Jewish settlement in the region, generally referred to in Israeli official statements by its Biblical name of Samaria and Judea, has increased four-fold since Prime Minister Menachem Begin came to power in 1977. Residents of the Moshav Elizar settlement, which lies in the vicinity of some of the proposed new settlements, approve however of the Israeli government's course of action.
Source: REUTERS - URI SHARON