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    President Carter's special envoy, Robert Strauss, arrived in Egypt on Friday (17 August) for talks with President Anwar Sadat.

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    GV: Motorcade leaves Ben Gurion airport amidst heavy security (2 shots)
    SV: Ambassador Robert Strauss leaves official car.
    CU: Strauss making statement to newsmen.
    GV: Car leaves.
    GV: Car arrives at Prime Minster's offices and Strauss gets out.
    GV AND SV: Strauss and Israeli Premier Menachem Begin talking. (3 shots)
    CU: Strauss speaking following meeting with Begin.
    CU: Begin speaking in English. (3 shots)
    GV: Strauss greeted by Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan and walking to garden party.


    STRAUSS: "There have been developing tensions in the relationships between our two great nations."

    STRAUSS: "Two-Four-Two and Three-Three-Eight are as firm as ever and those two, together with the Camp David accord , are the guidelines that we shall use without alteration, or wakening, or change."

    BEGIN: "...by President Sadat, President Carter and myself."

    REPORTER: "Do you regret i any way the resignation of Ambassador Young because of the Israeli protest?"

    BEGIN: "Well, we didn't interfere in any form whatsoever in that matter, which is a completely internal matter for the United States to decide."

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    Background: President Carter's special envoy, Robert Strauss, arrived in Egypt on Friday (17 August) for talks with President Anwar Sadat. He flew to Cairo from Israel where he met Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, and Israeli leaders. The Israelis have voiced concern that the U.S. might want to include the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in the Middle East ??? peace talks, though changes in Security Council Resolution Two-Four-Two. Israel regards the PLO as a terrorist organisation bent on destroying their country.
    At Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport -- where Mr Strauss arrived on Friday -- there was heavy security, with a cordon surrounding the terminal area. President Carter's special envoy was hoping to reduce current strain between the U.S. and Israel.
    Israel has been concerned about a possible shift in America's policy towards the Palestinians.
    The Israelis vehemently oppose any Security Council resolution that would refer to Palestinian rights -- rather than to the Palestinians as a refugee problem -- as does Security Council Resolution Two-Four-Two.
    Mr Strauss had talks with the Israeli Prime Minister in Jerusalem and afterwards he acknowledge that there were some differences between them.
    Mr. Strauss also talked to Foreign Minister, Moshe Dayan, and Defence Minster, Ezer Weizman. Afterwards, he said Israel had rejected a suggestion that the United States might initiate a new Middle East resolution in the United Nations. But Mr Strauss assured Israel that there had been no weakening in the U.S. commitment to Israel's security, or other relations between the two nations. But Mr Strauss admitted that he had failed to achieve agreement on some topics, but he gave no further details.

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