United States President Jimmy Carter has announced that the Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin will travel to Washington for Middle East Peace talks with him, starting on thursday (1 March).
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin speaking.
CU United States President Jimmy Carter speaking. (4 SHOTS)
BEGIN: "It is now evident to the Cabinet that in those talks no progress was made towards an Israeli-Egyptian agreement. On the contrary a more extreme position was presented by the Egyptian delegation. In addition to the present Egyptian proposals which were unacceptable to Israel, new proposals were made which are inconsistent with the Camp David agreement of September seventeen, 1978, and in fact nullify the meaning of a Peace Treaty between the two countries. The Israeli delegation put forward counter proposals which were rejected by the Arab side. Prime Minister Khalil insisted upon the egyptian proposals referred to above. Under these circumstances the cabinet decided that the Prime Minister is not in a position to participate in the proposed meeting with Doctor Khalil. The Government has empowered the Prime Minister to write to President Carter a letter giving detailed reasons for the cabinet's decision. The Prime Minister is prepared that at any time convenient to President Carter to leave for the United States to meet with the President to discuss matters relating to the peace-making process, original issues in the context of (INDISTINCT) development and questions concerning the bilateral relations between the United Sates and Israel."
CARTER: "If we allow the prospects for peace, that seemed so bright last September when we came back from Camp David, to continue to dim and perhaps even to die, the future at best be unpredictable. If we allow that hope to vanish then the judgement of history and of our own children will of necessity and rightly condemn us for an absence of concerted effort. For an absence of concerted effort. For that reason I spoke personally this afternoon with Prime Minister Begin and President Ceded. I have invited Prime Minister Begin to join me as soon as possible for frank discussions of all the issues involved. I am hopeful that these talks will lead to an early resumption of direct negotiations. Prime Minister Begin has accepted my invitation. He will be arriving here Thursday evening for discussions with me. I will then consider asking either Prime Minister Khalil or President Ceded to join in further discussions."
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Background: United States President Jimmy Carter has announced that the Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin will travel to Washington for Middle East Peace talks with him, starting on thursday (1 March). His announcement came only hours after Mr. Begin had said the Israeli Cabinet had rejected an invitation from Mr. Carter for him to attend a meeting with Egyptian Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil at Camp David. On Tuesday (27 February) Mr. Begin spoke to newsmen in Jerusalem before Mr. Carter's news conference in Washington.