President Anwar Sadat of Egypt has urged Israel to re-think its whole Middle East strategy after Sunday's (25 December) summit with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin which failed to produce agreement on the vital question of Palestine.
SV: Sadat (right) and NBC reporter.
CU: Sadat speaking to reporter. (5 shots)
GV PAN ZOOM IN TO: Begin speaking to Knesset (assembly room) (3 shots of Begin)
SCU: Perez listening to speech.
SCU: Begin continues speech.
SCU: Abba Eban listening.
SV ZOOM OUT: Begin continues speech at Knesset.
The administrative council would have its seat in Bethlehem and would serve for a four-year term. Its functions would include education, religious affairs, finance, housing and tourism. On the question of refugees, Israel would retain an important veto. Immigration into the area would be controlled by a committee comprising representatives of Israel Jordan and the administrative council. Residents of the territory would have the option of acquiring either Israeli or Jordanian citizenship. Those who opted to become Israelis would have the right to settle in Israel and vote in elections for the Parliament.
SADAT: "The Israelis are taking the position of self-autonomy. Our position is'self determination'. And after 40 days, and the change that has taken place, only in 40 days, we are living in the world of wonder."
REPORTER: "What kind of a time table do you see here on in?"
SADAT: "Well, I am very optimistic. As a rule, I have always said this, even in the darkest hour, I said this. I am optimistic. But now, more and more optimistic. That is a matter, Mr Begin today said three months or so. It may be less than that."
REPORTER: "Three months before you, or less than three months before you go to Geneva talks? Three months before you present...a plan to the other Arab States?"
SADAT: "Three months to prepare everything."
REPORTER: "Now if you say within three months, are you including the other Arab states in this time frame?"
SADAT: "It is for them to come. I am ready, as I said this today, we shall welcome whoever comes from them. But if no one comes, I shall be proceeding until the end."
REPORTER: DON OLIVER
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Background: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt has urged Israel to re-think its whole Middle East strategy after Sunday's (25 December) summit with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin which failed to produce agreement on the vital question of Palestine. He also reiterated his opposition to the continued presence of Israeli troops on the West Bank of the river Jordan. However, Mr Begin told the Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem on Wednesday (28 December) that there was no question of their forces leaving the area. But the Egyptian leader is optimistic of a peaceful settlement despite the differences and says that he and Mr Begin can come to an agreement within three months.
SYNOPSIS: President Sadat expressed optimism during and interview with Don Oliver of National Broadcasting Company Incorporated.
Reporting to Parliament on the peace plan that President Sadat turned down, Mr Begin said his country could not allow the Palestine Liberation Organisation to take over the West Bank. "Anyone who wants to make an agreement with Israel will have to accept that", he declared. He said his plan had been well received by leaders in Washington and London.
The plan provides for the Arabs of Gaza and the West Bank to elect an 11-man administrative council which would run everyday civilian affairs, leaving security and public order in the hands of the Israelis. For a five-year trial period the Israelis would reserve the right of sovereignty over the area but refrain from actually exercising it. The plan was approved with an overwhelming majority.