• Short Summary

    Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin has won approval from the Israel parliament, the Knesset, for his refusal to soften his Middle East peace plan, despite international pressure.

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    Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin has won approval from the Israel parliament, the Knesset, for his refusal to soften his Middle East peace plan, despite international pressure. Although he was heckled by the Opposition as he reported on the outcome of his chilly talks last week in Washington with President Carter, the Knesset in Jerusalem on Wednesday (29 March), backed his stance by 64 votes to 32, with nine abstentions.

    SYNOPSIS: Before Wednesday's session, some observers said Mr Begin was fighting for two futures: his own and his governments.

    During his speech, which lasted 25 minutes, the Prime Minister re-affirmed there would be no change in Israel's proposals fro the West Bank of the River Jordan, or for Jewish settlements in occupied Arab territory. On his talks in Washington, Mr Begin said there were several points of agreement, but stressed he could not accept a United States' proposal for a referendum in the occupied territories, or the American view that Jewish settlement of occupied Arab territory was illegal.

    The Labour Party of Opposition leader Shimon Peres takes a much softer view on Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories, but Mr Begin, and his coalition government,received a comfortable majority.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAVYW63TXBRS9A3Y36WM0FF8I9
    Media URN:
    VLVAVYW63TXBRS9A3Y36WM0FF8I9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/03/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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