INTRODUCTION: Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin has repeated his government's view that Arab east Jerusalem must remain part of the Israeli capital.
SV EXTERIOR Menachem Begin leaving building
SV PAN newsmen waiting, Begin speaking (3 shots)
SV PAN Crowd in old city square
SV PAN Begin arrives with officials, walks behind table
GV Woman lights ceremonial torch
Begin stands as officer salutes
GV Crowds, banners proclaiming "Jerusalem capital of Israel"
GV & SV Begin unveils standard, crowds watch, standard held aloft (5 shots)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
BEGIN (SEQ 2): "Now ladies and gentlemen of the press, today I have a statement to make on behalf of the cabinet concerning Jerusalem, and this is the reason why it's going to be Jerusalem only. Concerning Jerusalem, the government of Israel states as follows. A - Jerusalem is the eternal capital of Israel, one city indivisible. B - free access is assured to members of all the religious to their holy places in accordance with the basic law of the land since the liberation and the reunification of Jerusalem. Thank you."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin has repeated his government's view that Arab east Jerusalem must remain part of the Israeli capital. Mr. Begin was speaking in Jerusalem on Sunday (31 May), the day after President Sadat of Egypt urged all Moslems to cooperate in what he called the liberation of Jerusalem. But the Israeli response was mild compare to the argument a year ago between Egypt and Israel over the future of the Holy City.
SYNOPSIS: After a meeting of his cabinet in Jerusalem, Mr. Begin told reporters the Arab section of the city, captured from Jordan in 1967, must stay part of Israel's capital forever:
Another reminder of Israel's claim to east Jerusalem came the dame day, when Mr. Begin attended a ceremony marking the defence of the old city against Arab attack in 1948 -- the year the state of Israel was created. Hostile relations between Israel and neighbouring Arab states have continued since then. Mr. Begin was due to meet President Anwar Sadat on Thursday (4 June) for discussions which are likely to include the status of Jerusalem. A law passed by the Israeli parliament in 1980, declared the entire city was Israel's eternal capital. This prompted Mr. Sadat to suspend negotiations on Palestinian autonomy in occupied Arab territory. The talks have not been resumed since then.
President Sadat has explained his call for the liberation of Arab east Jerusalem, saying the city could remain geographically united but have divided rule under a joint Arab-Israeli council. After meeting a visiting Israeli delegation on sunday he said he didn't want barbed wire to separate the city. Mr. Sadat was commenting on a message he'd sent to the League of Arab and Islamic Nations on Saturday (30 May) -- confirmation that the Jerusalem question remains a major obstacle on the road towards agreement on self-rule for over a million Palestinians on the West Bank and Gaza Strip.