Israeli settlers on the occupied West Bank met on Tuesday (27 December) to protest over their government's peace plan.
SV PAN: Jewish settlement Offra, near Ramallah, West Bank.
SV: Settlers gather for protest meeting.
CU: Settlers signing document. (TWO SHOTS)
SV: Protest meeting in progress, speaker talking in Hebrew. (FIVE SHOTS)
SV: Knesset member Moshe Shamir speaking in English to reporter.
A resolution adopted at the end of the four-hour meeting said that self-rule for the West Bank and Gaza Strip Arabs would be the beginning of "foreign rule in the homeland". The protesters declared they would not obey such an authority, adding that any self-rule would be illegal, and that its elections, decisions and rules would have no validity.
MOSHE SHAMIR: "I am a member of the Knesset for the Likud Party, the Government Party. Unfortunately I find myself in opposition to my own government. The reason for it is the plan that Prime Minister Mr. Begin brought to Sadat in Ismailia at the beginning of this week. I think this plan (INDISTINCT) is anti-productive to a peace settlement.
It is not good for our future neither for our security, and what we see here is very grave danger to the future of Jewish settlers, in our land, in the land of Israel."
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Background: Israeli settlers on the occupied West Bank met on Tuesday (27 December) to protest over their government's peace plan. The settlers, many of them members of the Jewish untra-nationalist gush Emunim movement, claim the proposals could lead to Israeli withdrawal from the area.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting was to Offra near Ramallah on the West Bank. The militant settlers, who say that the West Bank historically belongs to the Jews, signed a document giving their support for any action which would forestall the latest peace proposals.
Speakers made it clear that compromise was out of the question. One was reported as saying that no United Nations flag or Egyptian flag would be allowed to fly over the area. He was said to have added: "If we have to shoot, we will shoot". Afterwards, Likud Party member Moshe Shamir explained his opposition.