The three Israeli pilots, returned the other day by the Syrians after 5 and 3 years in a prisoner-of-war jail, and their families, were received in an informal meeting by President and Mrs.
Ext. President's residence
Sync. sound Mrs. Meir speaks
" " ditto PAN to pilots with their families Sound runs on
Various cut-aways CC Airforce and Mr. Dayan
Chief of Staff
various pilots and families
Various Mrs. Katzir gives pictures to pilots
Various Naomi Shemer gives books to pilots Various more cut-aways incl. PM and President as pilots receive gifts.
Note to editors:- Neither the beep nor the pilot tone worked but I gave you sync-mark by using second mike and showing you clapper in picture and sound. Lack of pilot tone and beep was due to fault in cable and at least in second shot of PM speaking you should be able to sync film up prior to my PAN away from her. Sorry for trouble.
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Background: The three Israeli pilots, returned the other day by the Syrians after 5 and 3 years in a prisoner-of-war jail, and their families, were received in an informal meeting by President and Mrs. Katzir at their official residence this afternoon. Present at the little ceremony were PM Meir and Def, Min. Dayan as well as General Elazar, the Chief of Staff and General Peled, OC Airforce. Mrs. Meir addressed the gathering, welcoming the pilots in her own name, the name of the Govt. and all the people of Israel and said that maybe, that knowledge that all and everyone in Israel is really personally concerned with the fate of the POWs; she also expressed the hope that maybe, one day, the Egyptians too will return to us our POWs from there. We have always offered no mean deal:- 1:20 or 1:30 and even 1:50 but for us it is important to get our sons home. And there is no reason whatsoever for the Srab countries to hold our prisoners. Next Mrs. Katzir gave each of the pilots a silk-print by the Israeli artist David Shafrir before Naomi Shemer, the Israeli poetress, presented the pilots with one of her books. The names of the pilots are Gidon Magen, Boaz Eit an and Pinchas Nachmani. Seated from 1-r were OC Airforce, Def. Min. Dayan, Mrs. (Nina) Katzir, Pres. Katzir, Mrs. Meir, Gen. Elazar and Chief of Manpower Branch.