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.
SV Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in New York entering a building for a meeting with newspaper editors
GV breakfast meeting between Mr Begin and editors
SV editors at meeting (TWO SHOTS)
SV Mr Begin speaking in English
SV Palestinian Arabs on West Bank (FOUR SHOTS)
LV street in West Bank town
LS Mayor of Bethlehem Mr Elias Freij speaking in English (TWO SHOTS)
SV students outside Birzeit University (TWO SHOTS)
SV Vice-President of University Gabi Barkami speaking in English
GV EXTERIOR woman at ceremony lighting flame for fallen Israeli soldiers
SV soldier blowing bugle at ceremony PAN TO group watching (THREE SHOTS)
SV ZOOM IN TO SV Israeli Defence Minister Ezer Weizmann walks to rostrum and speaks in Hebrew PAN TO crowd
SV ZOOM TO CU Minister Weizmann continues speaking
BROWN: "Prime Minister Begin spent a quiet day in New York, starting with a breakfast meeting with television executives and newspaper editors. He would not reveal the details of the American compromise proposals, but the Israelis are saying they think they have made real compromises -- enough to get Sadat to agree to the proposals too. After the meeting, Begin said it was important not to be euphoric this time, but that he was hopeful."
BEGIN: "Well, the Cabinet of Israel approved of the proposals by President Carter, now the President goes to Egypt. Let us hope he will convince President Sadat to give the same approval. If that happens we can sign a peace treaty in a very short period of time."
TELL: "The overwhelming feeling here on the West Bank is that an Israel-Egyptian peace treaty will do nothing for the Palestinian Arabs who live under Israeli occupation. Most West Bank Arabs say their leadership is the Palestinian Liberation Organisation and they say there can be no peace in the Middle East without the participation of the PLO which has no role in the negotiations. Mayors of West Bank towns are unanimous in their opposition to Mr Carter's Middle East trip. Mayor Elias Freij of Bethlehem says the trip will not bring peace."
FREIJ: "Mr Carter is coming to Cairo and to Tel Aviv in order to finalise the signing of a separate peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, and to give Israel a free hand to the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza."
TILL: "And how do you feel about that?"
FREIJ: "I feel very sorry, very angry, very bad about it."
TILL: "There was much the same sentiment at the West Bank University at Birzeit. Students here feel the Palestinians must be part of any settlement, and Vice President Gabi Barkami says he agrees."
BARKAMI: "To think of peace now, without the Palestinians having their own state, their own rights to exist as people with a state of their own, will not lead to peace at all."
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Background: 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.