Israel's Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, says he will not tolerate the presence of one terrorist in Beirut which he described as being "on Israel's doorstep".
1. GV Menachem Begin making statement at King David Hotel, Jerusalem (English SOT). 0.11
2. GV Labour Party leader Shimon Peres speaking. (English SOT). 0.47
3. SV PAN Arab shops closed in old city of Jerusalem. 0.55
4. GV Troops in streets stopping cars and shops remained closed. (3 SHOTS) 1.14
BEGIN: (SEQ 1) "Let them leave Beirut and Lebanon. We shall not tolerate even one terrorist in Lebanon - not even one. Because it's Lebanon, it's on our doorstep."
PERES: (SEQ 2) "I think Israel should avoid entering Beirut. I have said it time and again. I believe never before in our history did we penetrate an Arab capital. I would like to avoid such a precedent in our history. I think that unfortunately entering large a city as Beirut will bring to more bloodshed, on our part, and the life of innocent lives, in Beirut itself, and I think we have to make a supreme effort to avoid it."
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Israel's Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, says he will not tolerate the presence of one terrorist in Beirut which he described as being "on Israel's doorstep". Mr. Begin told a group of British Jews visiting Jerusalem that eventually, he believed Israel would sign a truce with Lebanon and launch peace talks with Syria and Jordan when the present conflict has ended. Mr. Begin added Israel did not want to enter west Beirut in force and suffer further losses. That view was reflected by Labour opposition leader Shimon Peres. On the same day (July 5) a general stoppage by Arab traders in the old city area of Jerusalem closed shops .. a gesture seen as a first step by the local Arab population away from their silence of the past three weeks, toward open defiance. Israeli police and soldiers quickly moved in the area to order shops opened, but few traders obeyed.
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