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    Israeli Prime Minister Mr. Menachem Begin has appealed to the Egyptians to revive their ancient?

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    SV Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin speaking in English as cameraman films (3 shots)

    BEGIN: "We wish you well. In fact there is no reason whatsoever for hostility between our peoples. In ancient times Egypt and Eretz Israel were allies. Real friends and allies against the common enemy from the north. Yes indeed, many changes have taken place since those days, but perhaps the intrinsic basis for friendship and mutual help remains unaltered. We the Israelis stretch out our hand to you. It is not as you know weak hand. If attacked we shall always defend ourselves as our father the Maccabis did, and won the day. But we do not want any clashes with you. Let us say to one another, and let it be a silent oath by both peoples of Egypt and Israel. No more wars, no more bloodshed and no more threats. Lets us now -- your president said two days ago that he would come to Jerusalem, to our parliament, the Knesset, in order to prevent one Egyptian soldier from being wounded. It is a good statement. I have already welcomed it, and it will be a pleasure to welcome and receive your president with the traditional hospitality, and we, have ......inherited from our common father Abraham. I for my part will of course be ready to come to your capital, Cairo, for the same purpose. No more wars, peace, real peace forever."

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    Background: Israeli Prime Minister Mr. Menachem Begin has appealed to the Egyptians to revive their ancient friendship with Israel, and end all further bloodshed between the two nations. In a radio speech from Jerusalem on Friday (11 November), which was directed at the Egyptians, he described the hostility between them as tragic and unnecessary. The speech came just two days after President Anwar Sadat had announced he was prepared to go to Jerusalem, if it would prevent one Egyptian casualty. Mr. Begin said this was a move he welcomed.

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