On Wednesday (19 July), there were angry exchange in the Israeli knesset (Parliament) following the conference between the Israeli and Egyptian Foreign Minsters in the United kingdom.
GV: Prime Minster Menachem Begin walks to rostrum.
SV: Opposition Leader Shimon Peres in Assembly as Begin starts speaking.
SCU: Begin speaking as members listen. (2 shots)
SV: Begin tears up paper PAN TO members shouting.
SV: Peres on feat, sits down and speaks to Begin who answers. (2 shots)
GV: Begin leaves rostrum speaking to members on may some of whom stand to berate him.
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Background: On Wednesday (19 July), there were angry exchange in the Israeli knesset (Parliament) following the conference between the Israeli and Egyptian Foreign Minsters in the United kingdom. Israeli refusal to consider withdrawal form the West Bank is the main issue blacking progress to a peace agreement.
SYNOPSIS: Israeli Prime Minster Menachem Begin spoke to the Knesset after criticism form Opposition Leader Shimon Peres of Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan's performance at the talks with the United States and Egypt. Mr Peres had also attacked Mr Begin's unwillingness to consider a West Bank territorial compromise.
During the debate, the Prime Minister tore up a sheet of paper in a gesture of contempt for the idea of Israeli withdrawal. He told Mr Peres that this represented a territorial compromise - 'One part for you and one part of me. The uproar that followed lasted nearly 15 minutes.
Mr Peres has called the Begin policy a recipe for isolation. But, Mr Begin has been angered by the Opposition Leaders's recent meeting in Austria with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. He shouted at Mr Peres, asking whether Mr Sadat had said what he thought about territorial compromise.
Mr Peres replied that the Egyptian leader had made some suggestions, but that Mr Begin had not given him the chance to pass along the comments.
Mr Begin said he was prepared to continue withe peace negotiations. He added he would be willing to invite President Sadat to Jerusalem again, provided that he was assured that the invitation would be accepted. Meanwhile, according to Reuters, one report said Mr Sadat suggested returning the town of El Arish, in Israeli-occupied Northern Sinai, to Egyptian administration as a goodwill gesture to let the next round of peace talks be held there.