Israeli officials have declined immediate comment on the United Nations resolution to send 4,000 men into south Lebanon to replace Israeli forces which invaded the area early last week.
SV Israeli Premier Menachem Begin speaking in English (4 shots)
SV Begin walking up aircraft steps followed by Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan. They wave at top of steps. (3 shots)
CU Israeli Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Mordechai Gur speaking in English.
BEGIN: "Naturally, the events of the last week will be a subject of our discussions with the President of the United States and his advisers. To us the main question is: how to make sure that those aggressors who invaded Lebanon and established bases against Israel will not be permitted or enabled to come back to those places from which they were driven out. We haven't forgotten and we shall not forget Israel's struggle for peace and we shall make an effort during our stay in New York and in Washington to renew the support which was given to Israel's peace plan in December and hope to renew that support both in the executive branch, in the legislative branch and in the public opinion of the American people."
REPORTER: "General Gur, how far from the Israeli border are the Israeli troops now?"
GENERAL GUR: "Average, I would say, between 10 to 15 kilometres."
REPORTER: "In other words the security belt has been widened over the last 24 to 48 hours?"
GUR: "No, I think that we are not talking any more about a security belt. We are talking now about agreement and arrangement in the area, because last night or last day the Security council started its deliberations. So right now we are not talking any more about the military aspect of it but much more about the political agreement- and we hope that the political agreement will include all south Lebanon and all activity of the terrorists all over Lebanon. Because, as you know, that unit that came up (indistinct) and caused that disaster on the road came from Damour which is quite near to Beirut, so we plan now to achieve an agreement about stopping the furthering of terrorist activity all over Lebanon."
REPORTER: "How about the UN? As you mention, there are meetings, they are coming to a decision, probably will ask Israel to withdraw immediately. What would happen if Israel were forced to withdraw from that area now?"
GUR: "The U.N., during all its history, could not on their own do the job unless there is an agreement between the two sides. Like now we have a U.N. force between us and Egypt. It works well because there is an agreement between us an Egypt. The same goes with Syria. That's why we mainly speak about an agreement between us and the Arabs. If we have an agreement like that, that would be the main thing. If the U.N. Comes alone and they will have some forces in South Lebanon, they might have a lot of trouble."
REPORTER: "Thank you very much, General Mordechai Gur."
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Background: Israeli officials have declined immediate comment on the United Nations resolution to send 4,000 men into south Lebanon to replace Israeli forces which invaded the area early last week. The U.N. move came a few hours after Israeli prime Minister Menachem Begin left Tel Aviv for Washington, where he will discuss the fighting in Lebanon with President Carter. He spoke to reporters before leaving and was cool about the idea of United Nations forces separating the Israelis from their Palestinian adversaries. He also spoke about the objectives of his trip to the United States.
At a second news conference in Tel Aviv before the United Nations' vote, Israel's Chief-of-staff, Lieutenant-General Mordechai Gur spoke of his troops' activities.