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    U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers announced this afternoon (June 25) that the Unite States?

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    GV Street scene - Jerusalem (3 shots)

    CU Man in street

    CU Woman being interviewed

    CU Man interviewed

    CU Man interviewed


    (SEQ 1): FIRST MAN: "Well, yes I think so."

    QUESTIONER: "What kind of concessions would you be willing to see them make?"

    FIRST MAN: "I would go quite far in concessions, but only in the case that we might hope for real assurances that we can have peace, and I mean real peace."

    QUESTIONER: "Would you be willing to give up the West Bank?"

    FIRST MAN: "Personally, yes."

    QUESTIONER: "The Golan Heights?"

    FIRST MAN: "I don't think so."

    QUESTIONER: "Would you be prepared to give back some or all of the last that you have won in the Six Day War?"

    (SEQ 3): FIRST WOMAN: "I think there are some places that we can give them, but Jerusalem and the Old City, we couldn't give them. We like them, and it is out Holy City, so we (INDISTINCT) for us."

    (SEQ 4): SECOND MAN: "All what we want is peace, and all what we ask is peace, and we offer them all peace but they don't want to listen to us. They want to throw us into the sea, they want to kill us all, they want to sweep Israel from the map."

    (SEQ 5): THIRD MAN: "I would be even in favour for concessions. But there are certain things which couldn't be done. We have to take into account the emotional approach of the people, for instance Jerusalem, even if it doesn't mean much for myself, but for many people it does, and the strategic things also, for example the Golan Heights, you can't give up. I think it would be suicide."

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    Background: U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers announced this afternoon (June 25) that the Unite States had launched a new political and diplomatic initiative for a Middle East peace settlement--to be implemented under the auspices of United Nations envoy Dr Gunnar Jarring, A Swedish diplomat.

    Mr. Rogers made no announcement at the same time of any decision on Israel's request to buy 125 more jet aircraft from the U.S. There reportedly was also little enthusiasm in unofficial quarters in Israel for the plan itself, details of which had been received by Israel, Egypt and Jordan.

    Ordinary Israelis interviewed in the streets of Jerusalem however, showed signs of popular willingness to make some concessions to produce a peace settlement with the Arab states.

    The Unite States' peace plan--said to involve a 90-day ceasefire and a 24-mile (40 kms) demilitarised zone straddling the canal--drew a negative response on June 25 from Egypt's President Nasser, Palestinian commandos, and the Syrian Government.

    The pan is understood to call for an Israeli withdrawal from Arab territories occupied in the June 1967 war, and this the Israelis have repeatedly refused to consider without a guarantee of direct negotiations with the Arab states.

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