INTRODUCTION: Israeli's Prime Minister Menachem Begin and United States diplomat Robert Macfarlane held two meetings in Jerusalem on Monday (13 July), at the end of which they said any misunderstanding between their countries over last month's raid by Israeli jets on a nuclear reactor in Iraq had been clarified.
JERUSALEM 13 JULY, 1981 (REUTERS - ELI FASTMAN)
GV Building, (PM's office) with tv crews outside
SV PAN Delegates into building.
SV INTERIOR, MacFarlane shakes hands, other delegates in room. (2 SHOTS)
SV Begin reads.
EXTERIOR SHOT SV Reporters.
SV Begin speaking in English
(SOUNDBITE ENGLISH ) BEGIN: "We acted in exercising our right of legitimate self-defence. We do not have to apologise for anything in the world. If such demands have been... will be put to us, then we shall state our position..."
REPORTER'S QUESTION: "Mr. Begin..."
BEGIN: "We always take, I repeat again, the interests of the United States, who is our friend and ally, into consideration. If anybody should think... if it should occur to him to think, that one sovereign country should consult another sovereign country about a specific military operation in order to defend its citizens - that would be absurd."
SV MacFarlane party arriving for second meeting (night) (2 SHOTS).
CU Begin speaking in room.
SV EXTERIOR OF Building.
SV Begin introduces U.S diplomat Robert MacFarlane who then speaks to reporters, Begin Fends final question.
(SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) : BEGIN: "The honourable guest Mr. MacFarlane will make a statement on behalf of both of us."
MCFARLANE: "The government of the United States, and of Israel, have had extensive discussions concerning the Israeli operation against the atomic reactor near Baghdad. These discussions have been conducted with the candour and friendship that is customary between friends and allies. The governments of the two countries declare that any misunderstanding that might have arisen in the wake of the aforementioned operation have been clarified to the satisfaction of both sides."
REPORTER'S QUESTION: "Does this mean the F-16 planes that have been suspended......?"
BEGIN: "(breaks in INDISTINCT)..."Thank you ladies and gentlemen."
REPORTER: "Thank you sir
Background: INTRODUCTION: Israeli's Prime Minister Menachem Begin and United States diplomat Robert Macfarlane held two meetings in Jerusalem on Monday (13 July), at the end of which they said any misunderstanding between their countries over last month's raid by Israeli jets on a nuclear reactor in Iraq had been clarified. Only hours after the meetings Israeli jets shot down a Syrian plane over Lebanon on Tuesday (14 July) ending a five week lull.
SYNOPSIS: The first meeting took place at Mr. Begin's office in Jerusalem on Monday morning. (13 July).
Mr. Macfarlane has been described as a top State Department counsellor, and Israeli policymakers were hopeful that his talks with Mr. Begin would put an end to the strain between America and Israel that developed after the raid.
Afterwards, Mr. Begin said this:
A later meeting followed, on the same day. In the United States' angry reaction to the reactor raid, it postponed the delivery of four F-16 jets, pending an inquiry. After the meeting, Israeli sources were confident the jets would now be delivered. Mr. MacFarlane said the confusion had been cleared up.