After Sunday's weekly Knesset meeting in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin told newsmen that the Cabinet had expressed regret and disappointment at statements by the American Secretary of State Mr.
SV: Begin coming down steps walks up to microphone.
CU: Begin speaking in English.
MR. BEGIN: "The Government of Israel expresses its regret and protest over the statement made by the Secretary of State Vance at the press conference of February the 10th 1978. The Secretary of State declared inter alia "With respect to the Sinai settlements we have said that we believe that all of the settlements are contrary to international law and that therefore they should not exist." The Cabinet registers the fact that the latter part of this statement by the Secretary of State is in complete contradiction to the remarks made by the President of the United States to the Prime Minister on December the 16th and 17th 1977, following the Prime Minister's presentation to the President of the Israeli peace plan.
With regard to the areas of (indistinct)...Israel, Judea and Samaria, the Secretary of State announced that there should be a homeland for the Palestinians, and that it should be linked to Jordan. Whatever the theoretical assumptions and interpretations, there is absolutely no doubt that this plan would lead in reality and unavoidably to the establishment of a Palestinian state, ruled by the terrorist organisations as the frontline spearhead of a potential military alignment of Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Already today, this alignment has at its disposal nearly 6000 tanks, over 1100 fighter aircraft, and more than 4200 heavy guns. Israel, under such conditions, would find itself nine miles from the scene, and the situation would thus be created of mortal danger to its very existence.
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Background: After Sunday's weekly Knesset meeting in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin told newsmen that the Cabinet had expressed regret and disappointment at statements by the American Secretary of State Mr. Cyrus Vance on the questions of Israeli settlements, and the establishment of a Palestinian state.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Begin arranged the Press conference immediately after the close of the regular Sunday Knesset meeting in Jerusalem. The main topic of discussion had been remarks made by Mr. Vance on Friday (10 February).