President Anwar Sadat's Middle East peace initiatives, and the issuing of formal invitations to preparatory talks in Cairo to set up another Geneva peace conference, continue to attract strong reactions.
The Mayor of Jericho Abdul Azziz Zuite (left) standing outside his house
CU: Zbdul Azziz Zuite speaks in English.
SV: street market in Bethlehem.
CU: Mayor Elias Freij speaking in English outside his house in Bethlehem.
LV: street scene in Nazareth (2 shots)
CU: Dr Sami Jourisi speaking in English.
CU: one of the three Arab members of the Knesset Saif Adin Zouabi speaking in Arabic and being interpreted into English
SV: sign welcome to Hebron.
CU: Mayor Kowasme of Hebron speaking in English.
ZOTTE:"I did not prepare to go to Cairo."
QUESTION:"What are the reasons for it. Mr. Mayor?"
ZUITE:"I think he must...invitation for...Palestinian organisation. I consider Palestinian organisation very responsible about all Palestinian.
FREIJ:"Well, I will have to consider it. If it will help the Palestinian case I will go. If it will harm the Palestinian cause, I will not go. And let me elaborate on this. There are already wounds in the Arab camp and if this invitation would enlarge the wounds, I'd better not go."
JOURISI:"I hope that it will bring more understanding and perhaps some realistic response from the Government of Israel to meet him half way and to respect his visit and the gesture he has done. I think he needs some response in the affirmative and positive way."
"I agree upon every world that President Sadat said in the Knessit."
"My impression is that this invitation is a very generous invitation."
KOWASME:"I think that the invitation was going to Arab representatives, the PLO, and the PLO will answer about this invitation."
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Background: President Anwar Sadat's Middle East peace initiatives, and the issuing of formal invitations to preparatory talks in Cairo to set up another Geneva peace conference, continue to attract strong reactions. One of the essential ingredients in the talks will be the fate of the West Bank, but it appears that could be a stumbling block for the mayors of the major West Bank towns can not even agree on whether they wish to go to Cairo.
SYNOPSIS: The Mayor of Jericho, Abdul Azziz Zuite, is considered to be a left winger and extremist supporter of the PLO
In contrast, the Mayor of Bethlehem, Mayor Elias Freij is known as a moderate.
But the Mayor of Nazareth, Dr. Sami Jourisi, and one of the three Arab members of Knessit Saif Adin Zouabi support the conference.
Finally, Mayor Kowasme of Hebron, supporter of the PLO.