The settlement Vered Jericho, which the Israelis have set up near Jericho on the West Bank, is one of a number created to help protect Jerusalem.
SV Houses in settlement flying Israeli flags PULL OUT TO GV
SV Armed soldiers on patrol and resting (2 shots)
SV Israeli Agriculture Minister Ariel Sharon arriving and shaking hands with settlement members
SV EXTERIOR Settlers seated on chairs (3 shots)
GV Sharon speaking in Hebrew in background with soldiers in foreground
SVs Woman on chair with dog, Sharon speaking, seated crowd applauding PULL BACK TO GV (3 shots)
CU Sharon speaking to newsman in English
TRANSCRIPT: SHARON: "The new settlement (indistinct), that was established today, is one of a chain of settlements which are established in a purpose to defend Jerusalem. That is the most important place on the main road to Jerusalem, which will enable us to protect Jerusalem, and to live in Israel in security and in peace."
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Background: The settlement Vered Jericho, which the Israelis have set up near Jericho on the West Bank, is one of a number created to help protect Jerusalem. The Israeli Agriculture Minister, Mr. Ariel Sharon, dedicated the settlement on Tuesday (30 December 1980).
SYNOPSIS: A forest of Israeli flags waves above the new buildings on the day of the dedication. There've been recent reports quoting classified U.S. State Department documents that the Israelis have taken over between 170 and 190 square kilometres (65.63 to 73.35 square miles) of West Bank land for their exclusive civilian settlements.
Mr. Sharon arriving for the ceremony. Palestinian sources have claimed that some 94 percent of the Israeli settlement land is privately owned by Arabs, and the remainder is state land registered to the kingdom of Jordan. An unofficial estimate has stated that the Israelis, in the current financial year, would be spending around eight percent--or about 300 million dollars--of government finance in the occupied territories.
Armed soldiers have become an established part of Middle East landscapes. The West Bank, home of some 600,000 Arabs and several thousand Jews, is a symbol of Palestinians' determination to create their own independent homeland. But Israeli Prime Minister Mehachem Begin, saying it's part of ancient Israel, refers to it by the Biblical names of Judea and Samaria. Mr. Sharon explained the new settlement's purpose.