Israel's Parliament, the Knesset, on Thursday (6 March) rejected the United Nations demand for an end to jewish settlements on occupied Arab land.
GV: Knesset in session PAN TO Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin speaking in Hebrew
SV: begin speaking
GV: Delegates listening and begin returning to seat
GV: Knesset members voting. (3 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT: Egyptian Ambassador Sa'ad Murtada PAN TO Begin seated and newsmen listening. (3 shots)
SV: Egyptian Ambassador addressing newsmen in English
MURTADA: "I had a very very interesting and warm reception by the Prime Minister and I think that is all I can say about it. We talked on relations between the two countries and since the visit of President Sadat to Jerusalem."
REPORTER: "Did you discuss the Security Council resolution sir?"
MURTADA: "No we did not."
REPORTER: "The issue of settlements, at all, did that come up?"
MURTADA: "No, we didn't talk about that. We talked about generalities and general relations and I think we looked through a very optimistic angle."
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Background: Israel's Parliament, the Knesset, on Thursday (6 March) rejected the United Nations demand for an end to jewish settlements on occupied Arab land. Prime Minister Menachem Begin bitterly criticised last Saturday's (1 March) U.N. Security Council resolution and said Israelis had an inalienable right to settle on the occupied West Bank of the river Jordan.
SYNOPSIS: Prime Minister begin told delegates that the United Nations demand was barbaric and said that under no condition would he accept the resolution, or any part, sentence, or paragraph of it. He added that the Israeli people must act in accordance with their rights and essential interests.
The operation Labour Party, which believes settlement should be confined to uninhabited Arab areas, voted against the motion condemning the resolution. But there was strong criticism from all sides of the United States' support for the U.N. resolution. The Knesset finally voted 52-37 in favour of Mr. Begin's motion of condemnation.
The new Egyptian Ambassador to Israel, Mr Sa'ad Murtada, was paying his first official visit to the Israeli Parliament during the voting session. But he studiously avoided making any comment on the settlement's issue which has been a sticking point in Egyptian-Israeli negotiations over Palestinian autonomy.