Israel's Prime Minister, Mr. Menachem Begin, has called on Egypt to renew Middle East peace?
SV AND CUs: Israeli Premier Menachem Begin speaking and audience listening. (6 shots)
BEGIN: "We yearn for peace, we pray for peace. There isn't a nation on earth which wants peace as we do, certainly not people who want peace more than we do. But it is our duty, because of our responsibility, not only for this generation but also for the generations to come, to explain to you, and to the world at large, what peace means to us. To us, it is not a play of words; to us, it is not a piece of paper; to us, it is not a signature; to us it is a treaty, it is a promise, it is a commitment, but above all, it is our lives themselves. This is peace to us. And, therefore, it is our proposal to put an end to all those ultimative demands, and to start negotiations on the basis, on the fair basis, of our peace plan. If there is another peace plan, bring it forward to the table. Terms of peace cannot be dictated to Israel, terms of peace must be negotiated with Israel. (APPLAUSE)"
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Background: Israel's Prime Minister, Mr. Menachem Begin, has called on Egypt to renew Middle East peace negotiations. Mr. Begin told a meeting of European fundraisers for Israel in Jerusalem on Saturday (13 May) that Israel remained ready to discuss any counter proposals from Egypt. Israel, said Mr. Begin, remained dedicated to working for peace.