In Jerusalem, the Israeli government said on Sunday (2 October) that a new United States-Soviet Union declaration on the Middle East was 'unacceptable'.
GV: Prime Minister's office.
SV: Finance Minister Simcha Erlich coming out of office after Cabinet meeting.
CU: reporter asking question and Mr Erlich replaying
SV: troops opening gates to new settlement.
GV: cars entering gate (2 shots)
GV: activity in new settlement.
SV AND GV: people putting up tents and settling in (4 shots)
REPORTER: "Do you think Israel has gone about as far as it can go as far as representation of the Palestinians is concerned?"
ERLICH: "We can go to Geneva but we are without the PLO. If the PLO is in the representation of the Arab representatives, we can't take part in this Geneva conference."
REPORTER: "The statement arrived at between the Soviet Union and Israel was done at the cost of Israel......?"
ERLICH: "Soviet Union and Israel?"
REPORTER: "Soviet Union and United States."
ERLICH: "The statement of the Soviet Union and the United States is not acceptable for Israel."
REPORTER: "Thank you very much."
ERLICH: "Thank you."
Mr Erlich told Israeli radio Israel could not accept the creation of a Palestinian state as a threat to its existence and would not attend any Geneva meeting at which the PLO was a participant. Former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin condemned the document as a 'serious retreat by the U.S. from previous promises and positions. 'Political leaders and newspapers urged the government to refuse to attend a Middle East peace conference at Geneva.
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Background: In Jerusalem, the Israeli government said on Sunday (2 October) that a new United States-Soviet Union declaration on the Middle East was 'unacceptable'. It claimed the joint document was attempting to impose a settlement on Israel and force a meeting with the Palestine Liberation Organisation. But the PLO welcomed the declaration as a 'positive step' towards peace. A statement on behalf of the Israeli government was made by Finance Minister Simcha Erlich deputising for Prime Minister Menachim Begin, recovering from exhaustion in hospital.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Erlich spoke to reporters after a Cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem.
Meanwhile there was more controversy over new Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank of the River Jordan. Ultra-nationalists belonging??? to the Gush Emunim movement said they'd accepted a plan put forward by Prime Minister Begin for six new settlements to be set up in the next two months inside existing Israeli army camps.
But two separate attempts by Gush Emunim members were made to set up unauthorised settlements at Jericho and the town of Jenin. At Jericho Israeli troops made 40 arrests and at Jenin soldiers turned back 15 people heading for a settlement site.