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    United States Presidential candidate, Congressman John Anderson arrived in Egypt's capital of Cairo on Friday (11 July) to face Egyptian displeasure over his pro-Israeli attitude.

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    CU U.S. independent Presidential candidate, Congressman John Anderson speaking in English in Tel Avid, Israel

    GV Mr. Anderson at Allenby Bridge between West Bank and Jordan

    GV Motorcade through West Bank settlement area roads, near Al Kana

    SV & GVs People watching as mr. Anderson looks at maps of area

    GV Helicopter on ground in desert

    CU Mayor of bethlehem, Mr. Elias Freij speaking in English

    ANDERSON: "I don't think anyone could visit the two settlements which I visited of Fesayel (phonetic) and Al Kana, or see the topography of the Jordan Valley, and of the state of Israel, and of the kingdom of Jordan, without feeling that there are some settlements that clearly can be related to thee question of the security of this country -- the state of Israel. Now obviously where the controversy arises is when settlements are located in thickly populated, heavily populated, Arab areas, such as the one that took place recently in Hebron. I would frankly state my own opinion that during the period that these very delicate relations or negotiations are continuing that it would be helpful to avoid the controversy that inevitably does arise over the locations of settlements that are not clearly located to the security of Israel."

    ISRAELI OFFICIAL: "No it's closed because, I would like to draw your attention of the foreigners here that here is the border. We cannot cross....this is the border between us and Jordan....the middle of the bridge."

    FREIJ: "Well, the reasons are obvious. Mr. Anderson since he arrived in the Holy Land, has ben trying to support Israel in every way, in order to win Jewish votes in America. He has been showing disinterest in the human rights of the Palestinian Arabs who are an Arab nation of rights. He is supporting Israeli policies for Jewish settlements. The Jewish settlements are illegal. The whole world says the Jewish settlements are illegal, except Mr. Anderson. Mr. Anderson is supporting Israeli claims of sovereignty over all Jerusalem including East Jerusalem. He has been touring East Jerusalem which is an Arab town, as part of Israel. He is in fact selling himself to Israel. I fell from what I read about him he is prejudiced against the Palestinian Arabs, and therefore I have decided that it would be useless really to talk to him."

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    Background: United States Presidential candidate, Congressman John Anderson arrived in Egypt's capital of Cairo on Friday (11 July) to face Egyptian displeasure over his pro-Israeli attitude. Mr. Anderson's statements during the four-day tour of Israel, including a tour of the occupied West Bank, privately have displeased some Egyptian officials who believe he is playing with words to win American Jewish votes. Equally privately, Mr. Anderson's words and actions pleased his Israeli hosts.

    SYNOPSIS: Congressman Anderson, who has broken with his Republican Party to sun as an independent candidate for the presidency has been accused by Egypt of backing Israel's policies for..........settlements in captured Arab territories, and of supporting the annexation of Arab East Jerusalem. Mr. Anderson has said he supports the Camp David accords which he described as "a realistic framework and officers the prospect of prompt and meaningful self-rule for Palestinians on the West bank and Gaza Strip". The Presidential candidate's tour, including East Jerusalem, went beyond the bounds usually observed by United States government officials who invariably are careful not to undercut Washington's view that old Jerusalem, captured during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, remains occupied territory. For the mayor of Bethlehem, Mr. Elias Freij, Mr. Anderson's attitude overstepped the bounds of propriety, and he refused to meet the presidential candidate.

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