BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK
Israeli Defence Minister Yitzhak Rabin visited Bethlehem, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank territories, on November 12.
BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK
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2. GVs Car arriving, Rabin steps out of car with aides and is greeted by Mayor of Bethlehem, enters centre (4 shots) 0.35
3. GV & SVs Rabin seated with Mayor and officials (3 shots) 0.56
4. CUs Rabin speaking to newspeople with Mayor listening (SOT) (7 shots) 2.22
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT: (SEQUENCE FOUR): RABIN: "As you know, we have started to talk in Naqoura, between (indistinct)of the Lebanese army, and the Israeli army, which I hope, will be resumed this week. We proposed that during the talks, there will be some sort of ceasefire, a stop of all terrorist acts on the part of Amal, and we of course respond positively by doing practically noting against those who are suspected of being involved in it. Unfortunately, publicly we got a rejection to our proposal, that there will be some sort of ceasefire, if they decide to continue, we have to take measures to defend our soldiers, but at the same time we are ready as we were, to continue the talks at Naqoura as long as there is even the slightest possibility to reach a negotiated settlement, I prefer it, and I'll do my best to exploit it to the utmost."
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Background: BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK
Israeli Defence Minister Yitzhak Rabin visited Bethlehem, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank territories, on November 12. Mr Rabin, in an address to Arab officials including the mayor, Elias Freij, said he hoped that Lebanon and Israel would soon reach a negotiated settlement on Israeli troop withdrawals from South Lebanon. He was referring to the Naqoura talks, which opened on November 8, but stalled immediately as Israeli forces arrested four political officials of the mainstream Shi'ite Moslem movement Amal. Israeli refusal to release the four, has led to widespread unrest and strikes in Israeli-occupied South Lebanon. In an apparent bid to break the deadlock, U.S. Assistant-Secretary of State Richard Murphy flew to beirut and met President Amin Gemayel and Prime Minister Rashid Karami. The Lebanese government said the talks would be suspended until the four men were freed. Mr Murphy also conferred with Mr Rabin in Tel Aviv on November 12. After the meeting, attended by the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Samuel Lewis, and Israeli military Chief of Staff, Moshe Levy, Mr Murphy said he hoped the talks would resume. A government source said Mr Murphy had proposed that Israel free three of the detained men immediately in return for Lebanon resuming talks on November 14. The fourth man would be freed after the November 14 session. Amal has rejected an Israeli demand to call of guerrilla attacks on Israeli troops during the U.N.-sponsored Naqoura talks. Israel said it would not free the four men while attacks continued.
Source: REUTERS - ELI FASTMAN