The first Israel reactions to the results of the Camp David talks were of elation, but later came reports of dissent.
Int MV Israeli Minister of Defence Ezra Weizman speaking in Tel Aviv.
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WEIZMAN: That we have a thirty year chance; after thirty years, to reach a peace agreement, a real one. With diplomatic relations, without a Suez Canal. Free passage to everybody. Normal relationships, commercial, tourism etcetera, anything that makes normalised, normal neighbours. And this is the chance that we've all been waiting for and fighting for. What else do you fight for, if not for a better living."
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Background: The first Israel reactions to the results of the Camp David talks were of elation, but later came reports of dissent. Right-wing Jewish Nationalists have termed the agreement a surrender by Prime Minister Menachem Begin, with the strongest criticism coming from the fanatical Gush Emunim (Faith Bloc) movement which seeks mass Jewish settlement on captured Arab land. Hannan Porat, head of Gush Emunim, said Prime Minister Begin was a traitor who had surrendered to the Arabs. However this contrasted sharply with the mood in Tel Aviv on Monday night (September 18th) when 30,000 people took to the streets to celebrate the signing of the agreement. Defence Minister Ezra Weizman addressed the crowd.
SYNOPSIS: Other speakers echoed the same theme of elation. In offices government officials opened bottles of wine, and in the street the possibility of an end of the crushing military burden was discussed. Front-rank opposition politicians extended a welcome to the summit achievement, although some had reservations about how it will work. Politicians and diplomats have remarked on the sharp change in the hardline policies of Mr. Begin, particularly in his attitude towards the Jordan West Bank .
On the West Bank the new settlers are continuing to work on villages although the implication of the Camp David agreement is that it will be necessary for some of the settlement to be evacuated. The agreement calls for recognition of Palestinian rights a full autonomy for the region - with its final status to be negotiated within five years.