JERUSALEM AND UNITED NATIONS
The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, voted on March 22 to decide who would be the country's next president.
JERUSALEM AND UNITED NATIONS
VISNEWS ISRAEL MARCH 22 (EUROVISION RECORDING).
1. GV PAN: Knesset 0.06
2. SV's: Official calls Prime Minister Menachem Begin to vote as delegates watch. (5 shots) 0.30
3. SV: President Chaim Herzog leaves polling booth. 0.39
4. SV: Shimon Peres leaves polling booth. 0.46
5. SV's: Officials count votes as MPs wait. (3 shots) 0.57
6. SV: Peres, Opposition leader, speaks (SOT) 1.16
7. SV: Herzog speaks (SOT) 1.30
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8. GV: Assembly hall. 1.32
9. SV: Herzog speaks (SOT) 2.20
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE 6): PERES: "It's a great day for the Israeli presidency, because I'm sure that Chaim Herzog has all the talents, the biography and the promise to continue the line of the great sequence, who will be president of the state of Israel."
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE 7): HERZOG: "I hope that I will be able to play my small part to the indication of the people, and that in my period of office, we shall have completed the peace process with our neighbours."
TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE 9): HERZOG: "The issue, in my view, is for how long is the Security Council going to allow itself to be turned into an instrument to solve the internal problems of any given Arab regime at nay given time. If it has to be, because nobody can bring this mockery to an end, then why not institute a procedure whereby that standard Arab speech, which we all know here by heart, is issued in record form to all delegates so that we are all relieved of the obligations to sit and waste our time listening to it here. The council dare not allow itself to become a tool of Arab expediency and it must resist this dangerous process of becoming an accomplice in this shameful and fruitless exercise."
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Background: JERUSALEM AND UNITED NATIONS
The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, voted on March 22 to decide who would be the country's next president. In a secret ballot, Chaim Herzog, an Opposition Labour member of parliament, was elected to take up the presidency from May 5. The result was seen as a rebuff for Prime Minister Menachem Begin and his Likud coalition government. His candidate, supreme court judge Menachem Elon, was defeated by 61 votes to 57. Mr. Begin sat in silence as the result was announced, and Opposition leader Shimon Peres said the vote was a victory for democracy and a defeat for Mr. Begin's attempt to put a virtually unknown figure into the presidency. He added that he had every confidence in Mr. Herzog, who said he hoped to successfully end the peace talks with neighbouring countries in the Middle East during his period of office. Mr. Herzog has serve his country since the foundation of the new state of Israel in 1948, first, as military intelligence chief, as the first military governor of the West Bank in 1967, and as ambassador to the United Nations in 1976. It was there he won respect for his defence of Israel's policies in the Middle East, where, for example, as seen as Visnews Library film, he said that the United Nations was in danger of allowing itself to be turned into an instrument to solve the internal problems of Arab countries. Mr. Herzog, 64, was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, qualified as a lawyer, and served with British Field Marshall Montgomery in Germany during world war two.
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