Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin set off on Friday (15 July) for the United States, where he will present his proposals for a Middle East peace plan to President Jimmy Carter.
GV: EXT Knesset (Israel Parliament) Building.
GV: INT Prime Minister Menachem Begin and others entering cabinet room followed by Defence Minister Moishe Dayan.
GV: Begin and others seated at cabinet table PAN TO Dyan entering and handing Begin a slip of paper.
GV: Begin Posing form cameramen. (2 shots)
CU: Begin speaking.
"Every member of the cabinet took part in the discussion and then the proposals were adopted and confirmed unanimously. Now I have a clear mandate on behalf of Government of Israel to bring those proposals to President Carter. You will understand that out of respect for the President of the United States he should be the first man to hear from me what are the decisions of the Government of Israel."
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Background: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin set off on Friday (15 July) for the United States, where he will present his proposals for a Middle East peace plan to President Jimmy Carter. Although Mr Begin's package is officially secret, Government aides in Jerusalem have said privately that no major Israeli concessions could be expected. Before leaving Mr Begin briefed his cabinet on the contents of his peace plan.
Observers in Jerusalem quoted be Reuters news agency have said that Mr Begin will insist that Israel is prepared to go to Geneva for renewed Middle East Peace talks on 18 October or thereafter. However, if the Geneva conference fails to materialise because of Israeli objections to participation by representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organisation the observers say that Mr Begin believes a deadlock could be avoided. They say that as an alternative he would suggest bilateral negotiations with Syria, Egypt and Jordan under the joint sponsorship of the United States and the Soviet Union.
SYNOPSIS: Cabinet Members assembled at the knesset -- the Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem -- on Wednesday (13 July) to hear Mr Begin's proposals. All ministers were present and prominent among them was the new man in charge of Defence, Moishe Dayan. After the three-hour meeting Mr Begin said that he had received a unanimous mandate from the cabinet to present his plan to President Carter.
Mr Begin also dismissed as inaccurate Israeli press reports that the government was prepared for withdrawal from Sinai and was willing to make considerable concessions on the Golan Heights. Israeli newspapers have speculated that the Government might agree to some Jordanian voice in the affairs of West Bank Arabs, but added that Mr Begin would insist on the right to establish Jewish settlements. After the meeting Mr Begin spoke to newsmen.