Egypt's President, Anwar Sadat, and Israel's Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, announced two major agreements at the end of their second round of talks in Haifa on Wednesday (5 September).
GV Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Premier Menachem Begin seated with officials at conference table (2 shots)
SCU & SV Sadat speaking in English (3 shots)
SV Begin speaking in English as audience listens (5 shots)
TRANSCRIPTS: SADAT: "I have no differences, in the sense of differences between me and Premier Begin, or between Egypt and Premier Begin. My main aim was to continue the process of normalisation -- meeting with the Israeli people in Haifa after I met with them in Jerusalem and in Beersheba and to continue the discussion of the achievement of a comprehensive settlement -- namely at this precise moment the full autonomy that we have agreed upon in Camp David and including Jerusalem. About Jerusalem -- it is quite natural because in the Camp David, we have stated that Jerusalem is part of the Western Bank and when we are discussing the full autonomy for the Western Bank and the Gaza. For sure we are discussing the Jerusalem issue, but it had much more importance because it is a very sensitive mother for the three religions."
BEGIN: "Jerusalem is the capital of Israel -- it's an indivisible city. There is completely free access to the holy shrines by sons of all religions without any exception, completely protected and guaranteed by the law of the country. Those holy shrines are being administered by representatives of the religions respectively without any interference by Israel. This is the attitude and point of view of Israel. On this indeed we differ to many countries. This issue of a Palestinian state, the so-called PLO taking over, turning any territory they would have under their control into a Soviet base and creating a (indistinct) to Israel, may be a matter of serious policy to many countries. To us, it is a matter of our lives and the lives of our children. We want our neighbours -- Palestinian Arabs -- to be around the table, we invited them. It is written also in the Camp David agreement that we did not mention the so-called PLO -- not at all --because of the character of that organisation."
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Background: Egypt's President, Anwar Sadat, and Israel's Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, announced two major agreements at the end of their second round of talks in Haifa on Wednesday (5 September). The agreements reached cover future Egyptian oil supplies to Israel and the supervision of Israel's withdrawal from the Sinai Desert. But disagreements still remain on the two questions of Palestinian autonomy and the status of east Jerusalem, which is predominantly Arab.
SYNOPSIS: At a news conference in Haifa on the second day, both Mr. Sadat and Mr. Begin dealt with the sensitive issue of east Jerusalem.