On his last day as Israeli Chief of Staff, Lieutenant-General Haim Barlev told newsmen yesterday (Wednesday) that any attack on Israel would bring retaliation on an unprecedented scale.
GV Barbed wire along Suez Canal (mute)
SV PAN Israeli soldier locks across canal (2 shots)
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SV INT. Soldiers in bunkers(2 shots)
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LV INT. Barlev addressing news conference(mute)
SCU Barlev speaks IN:"First of all.." OUT:"...two years"
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 9: BARLEV: "First of all, instead of fighting along the Suez Canal, instead of shelling along the Jordanian border, we have a cease fire de facto and the eastern border is quiet. Certainly, the Eastern Command has actually collapsed -- the rockets went back to Iran, the Syrians fought with the Jordanians, the Jordanians say "We don't play along these lines". So, another militarily favourable development is that of the terrorist. They have actually lost momentum. I don't believe that they will ever be able to recover themselves. In the Arab world...nobody believes that they will be saved by the terrorists. They don't believe that this really can contribute anything and this is a change of less than two years".
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Background: On his last day as Israeli Chief of Staff, Lieutenant-General Haim Barlev told newsmen yesterday (Wednesday) that any attack on Israel would bring retaliation on an unprecedented scale. After four years as Israel's top military commander, he was able to declare that the country's borders were more secure than ever.
Film from Visnews cameraman Itzchak Herbst, who covered General Barlev's farewell press conference, is preceded by library footage of one of his principal contributions to Israeli defence -- the heavily fortified Barlev Line along the Suez Canal.
At his conference the General urged Egyptian President Sadat to seek a political solution to the Middle East confrontation. He went on to make a personal assessment of the effectiveness of Arab power: