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    An Israeli decision to establish four new settlements in Arab territory occupied since the 1967 war has been denounced by the United States.

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    1. GV The Knesset 0.04
    2. GV Israeli military personnel leaving Knesset 0.11
    3. GV Prime Minister Menachem Begin leaving Knesset and getting into car, which drives off 0.38
    4. SV Cabinet spokesman Dan Meridor answering questions from reporters as letter from Prime Minister Begin to President Reagan is shown, and quote from letter is superimposed, along with map of Israel, West Bank and Gaza Strip (5 shots) 1.31
    JOURNALIST: "Any discussion whatsoever about some possible new settlements (INDISTINCT) new settlements, was that discussed at all?"
    MERIDOR: "No, this was not raised in the cabinet today."
    JOURNALIST:"What were the replies to President Reagan's letters?"
    MERIDOR:"What I can tell you is that it is true that the Prime Minister wrote to-day a letter to President Reagan, in response to the President's letter of the 31st August, to which he attached the positions of the United States. This reply will be given in Washington to-day. After the reply is handed over to the people at the White House in Washington, we will publish the contents of the Prime Minister's letter."

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    Background: JERUSALEM

    An Israeli decision to establish four new settlements in Arab territory occupied since the 1967 war has been denounced by the United States. The American administration said the move was a direct challenge to President Reagan's peace initiatives in the region. The Israeli decision was taken at a special ministerial committee meeting held on September 5 in Jerusalem, and coincided with news of Israel's formal refection of the U.S. Middle East proposals. President Reagan had called for a freeze on Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza strip, and advocated Palestinian self-government there, in association with Jordan. Israeli spokesman Dan Meridor confirmed on September 5, that Prime Minister Menachem Begin had formally replied to President Reagan. The letter, made public later in the day, warned that the U.S. proposals would lead to the establishment of a Soviet base in the Middle East. Mr. Begin also protested about Washington's failure to consult Israel first on the matter, rather than talking to Jordan and Saudi Arabia first. He described Jordan as an outspoken opponent of the Camp David peace process and Saudi Arabia as a "complete stranger and adversary of the peace process."

    Source: AVI PARITSKY

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