INTRODUCTION: Israeli newspapers have eulogised President Sadat and described him as a man of courage.
SV Navon speaking in English.
GV CUTAWAY Press.
CU Begin speaking in English.
GV Television monitors in studio.
CU Dayan being interviewed in studio.
GV Tractor passing and ZOOM IN TO workers. (2 SHOTS)
CU Ella Weizman speaking in English.
NAVON: (SEQ 1): "President Sadat was an extraordinary human being and an outstanding statesman. From Israel's point of view he will be remembered as the first Arab leader to tear asunder the three Arab barriers to peace as set out in Khartoum: no negotiations with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no peace with Israel. President Sadat negotiated with us, recognised us, made peace with us. We saw him take his stand and courageously speak out against the opponents of the peace process. We witnessed him explaining time and again to his people his commitment to peace and his determination to continue with it."
BEGIN: (SEQ 3): "President Sadat fell victim to a criminal assassination. The people of Israel share the mourning of the people of Egypt. We send our deepest condolences to Mrs Sadat and the children. President Sadat was murdered by the enemies of peace. His decision to come to Jerusalem, and the reception accorded to him by the people, the Clergy and the government of Israel will be remembered as one of the great events of our time. President Sadat did not pay attention to abuse and hostility and went ahead with endeavours to abolish the ...with our nation. It was a difficult road."
DAYAN: (SEQ 5): "Well, we wouldn't have any withdrawal from Sinai unless we shall have all the commitment to the last one taken both by the Egyptian and the American carrying out. So the question is whether the new President and in couple of month's time will be strong enough to carry out the organisation, to keep his ambassadors here in spite of opposition in his own country. If not, then Israel will have to think, to give another thought about the withdrawal."
INTERVIEWER: "What kinds of things are you anticipating along those lines, anything? Are you worried, are you hopeful, are you...?"
DAYAN: "I'm very worried, very worried, very worried because I know how much it took from Sadat personally to put into that this process. Whoever is going to replace him is not going to be Sadat."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Israeli newspapers have eulogised President Sadat and described him as a man of courage. Hardline settlers in Sinai however called a news conference to explain their opposition to the Camp David settlement, whereby their territory is to be returned to Egypt next April. President, Yitzhak Navon was among the Israeli leaders to praise President Sadat.
SYNOPSIS: Prime Minister Menachem Begin also spoke to the world's press:
Moshe Dayan, former Defence Minister was interviewed on his views on the Sinai withdrawal.
Settlers in the Yamit region of Sinai have been resisting the Camp David peace agreement by squatting in empty houses as they become available. One of their spokesman, Ella Weizman, said that people all over the world should understand that a withdrawal just cannot take place. The original occupants of the houses recently vacated, were paid ample compensation by the government in order to speed up the evacuation of the area.