Two busses were destroyed by bombs on Wednesday (7 March) near Jerusalem as security was being stepped up for President Carter's peace mission to the Middle East.
Two busses were destroyed by bombs on Wednesday (7 March) near Jerusalem as security was being stepped up for President Carter's peace mission to the Middle East. A commando group called the Palestinian People's Struggle Front claim responsibility for blowing up a tourist bus on the Mount of Olives. No one was hurt in that blast, but two tourists were injured when a bomb went off near the Allenby Bridge over the River Jordan. Police said the explosions appeared to be protests against President Carter's visit. Troops and police reinforcements were being moved to Jerusalem in preparation for his arrival from Egypt at the weekend. In New York, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin maintained President Sadat now holds the key to a peace treaty between the two countries. NBC's Philip Till and Hilary Brown report.
SYNOPSIS: In Jerusalem, Defence Minister Ezer Weizman spoke about the peace treaty at a memorial service for Israel's unknown soldiers. A perpetual flame was lit during a dawn military ceremony for those Israelis who have lost their lives during the establishment of the state.
Mr Weizmann had reservations about the consequences of a peace treaty. He said that agreement with Egypt, however desirable, would not solve the problems of Egypt's neighbours to the East and North. As he was talking, Foreign Minister Dayan also made a statement. He said eight points remained to be settled -- and if they were, a treaty could be signed within weeks.