As the uneasy truck continues in most of Lebanon, Lebanese are still crossing into Israel at selected points for goods and medical services in short supply in their own war-torn country.
GV PAN Car passes along road by border
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Israeli sign then border barbed wire
GV Woman through border gate
GV Frontier sign
GV ZOOM INTO CU Licence plate (2 shots)
SV Man changing licence plate
CUs Altered licence plates (2 shots)
SCU Papers examined
SV Goods from one truck to another at border (3 shots)
Poultry truck drives off
Hamashbir Hamerkazi produce store
Money exchange sign
CU US dollars and Lebanese Pounds PULL BACK TO notes being counted (2 shots)
Israeli officials in Tel Aviv have hinted that they are considering a scheme to employ Lebanese workers in Galilee as a further move to ease the agonies of war across the border. The Director General of the Ministry of Labour Mr. Arie Gur-El said in Jerusalem that data was being gathered on the number of workers available near the border and on employment opportunities in Israel.
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Background: As the uneasy truck continues in most of Lebanon, Lebanese are still crossing into Israel at selected points for goods and medical services in short supply in their own war-torn country.
SYNOPSIS: During a recent visit to the border areas near southern Lebanon, the Israeli Defence Minister, Mr. Shimon Peres, said the movement could be the beginning of an open bridges policy between the two countries Israeli clinics along the border have treated more than 2,000 Lebanese villagers in the past eight weeks.
Lebanese vehicles crossing the border have their licence plates covered with temporary Israeli plates. The southern Lebanese are reported to have said they feel the shortage of food and fuel more than the war itself since their supply lines from Beirut had been cut. The possibility has also been raised by Israelis for buying produce which Lebanese farmers can no longer market in Beirut. Tobacco -- an important Lebanese crop -- is already being bought by a Israeli cigarette monopoly.
Among the goods sought by the Lebanese are basic food stuffs. Also car spare parts, fuel and liquefied gas. Israel has already given some goods and services free to Lebanon in the form of humanitarian aid. Poultry is a popular item of exchange for Lebanese currency. In the nearby Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona the centre of Lebanese trading is the Hamashbir store. It is here they can buy the oil, sugar, flour and salt, as well as bread. Lebanese pounds are accepted in exchange for credit notes and United States dollars are coming across the border too. Visnews reporters there say the good relations being established in this way are not new but existed long before the state of Israel came into being.