At the opening of its winter session in Jerrusalam yesterday (21 October) the Israeli Knesset (parliament) launched into an emergency debate on the decision of the United Nations to admit the Palestine Liberation Organisation to its forthcoming debate on the Middle East.
GV Knesset building
GV ZOOM SV Begin speaking
GV Knesset in session
SCU Allon speaking
SV PULL BACK TO GV Rabin seated listening
SV INT Hilton Hotel - people applaud
SV Rabin speaks
RABIN: "Knowing the deep roots of many people to these parts ... to say also that there will be no territorial concession if peace will be achieved without going to the people to ask them, by elections, before signing such peace. I believe that the combination of readiness to negotiate without putting preconditions on one end .. and on the other end .. if territorial concessions will be required, not to do anything without going to the people and ask them, in a democratic way. This is the way that we can show -- and we have to do -- in the search for peace."
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Part of Mr. Rabin's speech is included in this film.
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Background: At the opening of its winter session in Jerrusalam yesterday (21 October) the Israeli Knesset (parliament) launched into an emergency debate on the decision of the United Nations to admit the Palestine Liberation Organisation to its forthcoming debate on the Middle East.
The Knesset debate was opened by the Likud opposition leader, Mr. Menachem Begin, who denounced the UN's decision to admit the PLO as observers, saying that the aim of the organisation was to destroy Israel. The PLO, he said, was responsible for a series of murders and other outrages, ranging from the hijacking of aircraft all over the world to the assassinations at Munich and in several Israeli settlements.
Israeli Foreign Minister Mr. Yigal Allon, replaying, made no direct comment on the UN decision, but said that Israel had already declared its readiness to try to solve the so-called Palestinian problem by negotiation.
Later in the day, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, attending a meeting of the United Jewish Appeal -- an American charity -- at the Hilton Hotel in Tel Aviv that the Israeli government was prepared to take risks in negotiations with the Arabs, but promised he would let the Israeli electorate decide whether it wanted to trade territory for the right peace terms.