The Israeli Government is going ahead with plans to establish three more Jewish settlements on the disputed West Bank, following international criticism including disapproval by the United States.
GV EXTERIOR: Prime Minister's office building, Jerusalem.
MVS: cars driven into forecourt and Israeli Prime Minister Menanchem Begin out of car and into building. (2 shots)
MV: police watching and Israeli Defence Minister Ezer Weizman walking into building.
MV: Agricultural Minister Ariel Sharon entering building
GV EXTERIOR: building ZOOM IN TO windows.
MV: cameramen watching AND SV Begin talking to newsmen (in English) (2 shots)
SV: newsmen listening AND SV Cabinet Secretary Arye Naor making statement to newsmen (in English) (2 shots)
BEGIN: But now, I suppose after a statement made by Mr. Powell, the spokesman of the White House, and after our statement we may deem this incident belonging to the past, in the full knowledge that our friendship, the friendship between the United States and Israel, will continue -- and although we may have differences of opinion, we keep that friendship going on."
ARYE NAOR:"The government of Israel over the unjustified remarks made on behalf of the United States Government by the spokesman of the State Department concerning the implementation of the decisions of April the 19th, 1977, relating to the establishment of three settlements in Judea and Samaria. Israel does not accept, and cannot accept, the assertion that settlements by Jews in Israel is illegal. The Government of Israel reiterates that such settlements does not and shall not constitute in any sense an obstacle to negotiations for peace treaties. Thank you."
NEWSMAN:"Thank you very much."
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Background: The Israeli Government is going ahead with plans to establish three more Jewish settlements on the disputed West Bank, following international criticism including disapproval by the United States. The U.S. showed its disapproval in a statement issued by the State Department saying the move was 'unhelpful to peace', but the criticism was firmly rejected by Israel on Sunday (21 August).
SYNOPSIS: The rejection came at the regular weekly meeting of the Israeli cabinet, presided over by Prime Minister Menachem Begin. The new settlements are to be built in Judea and Samaria on the West Bank, occupied by Israel after the 1967 war. Since coming to power in May this year, Mr Begin's government has stressed Israel's historic right to the territory. But Mr Begin said the row would not affect U.S. Israeli friendship, while Cabinet Secretary Arye Naor pointed out the plans were formed by the previous government in April.