In Israel, a estimated one hundred thousand people gathered in Tel Aviv on the eve of Prime Minister Menachem Begin's departure for the Camp David Summit conference.
GV PAN Crowd singing and carrying banners (2 shots)
LV PAN From speaker Dedi Zucher addressing crowd in Hebrew down to "Peace Now" sign.
SV Crowd clapping (2 shots)
CU Banner reading "Better a land of peace than a piece of land".
CU Speaker Orgad Vardimon addressing crowd in Hebrew, and crowd applaud. (2 shots).
SV Pictures of Begin and Dayan while crowd chant.
In his speech, Mr. Begin said he would propose at Camp David that Israeli and Egyptian delegations should meet daily for several months until a peace treaty is signed. Mr. Begin said, "We need reasonable time, several months, to negotiate peace and the conditions of peace." He added that the summit, while unprecedented, was not fateful. "The Jewish people have lived for thousands of years, and will live for thousands of years to come after the Camp David summit."
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Background: In Israel, a estimated one hundred thousand people gathered in Tel Aviv on the eve of Prime Minister Menachem Begin's departure for the Camp David Summit conference. The "Peace Now" demonstration's message to the Prime Minister was that he must grasp this chance to move towards a lasting, peace in the Middle East.
SYNOPSIS: The "Peace Now" movement, which advocates territorial concessions on the occupied West Bank of the Jordan, had earlier marched through the city's main streets carrying placards. The message to Mr. Begin was "Better a land of peace than a piece of land." The demonstration was timed to take place before Mr. Begin addressed the nation as he was about to leave. One of the movement's leaders, Dedi Zucher, spoke to the large crowd in Hebrew.
The "Peace Now" movement grew out of a letter written earlier this year to the Prime Minister by a group of reserve army officers. Within weeks, more than fifty-five thousand signatures in support of the letter were delivered to the Prime Minister. Several hundred Orthodox Jews threw stones at the Peace Now rally, and even attacked police sent to the scene.