While United States President Jimmy Carter continues his negotiations with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israel's Prime Minister, Menachem Begin; opposition to President Carter's peace treaty efforts has been voiced in Jerusalem.
GV: Knesset buildings
SV PAN INTERIOR: Deputy Prime Minister Yigael Yadin talking with Foreign Affairs and Defence committee chairman, Arens
Yadin speaking in Hebrew to committee members
Knesset member and Foreign Affairs and Defence committee member, Moshe Shamir speaking in English.
Arens speaking in English.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: SHAMIR: "I think Mr Carter's visit in Israel is intended to be the most brutal pressure ever applied to Israel and the aim is to bring Israel on her knees to accept all the dictations of Sadat and to bring what is called the peace negotiations to its tragic and calamitous end which will make Israel a weak unprotected country...a great danger to Israel's sovereignty and survival.
SEQ. 6: ARENS: "Well, you know when you are dealing with the middle east arab countries in particular and President Sadat you're dealing with a most volatile and unpredictable system. A great deal depends on President Sadat and there's no way of telling whether he will arrive or agree to the proposals that President Carter is bringing with him. Based on past precedent I would suspect although I would hope that this is not the case that if President Sadat does not agree to these proposals...we will see President Carter trying to pressure Israel to make some additional concessions and I hope that this will not be the case."
REPORTER: "Do you think that it will bring the signing of Sadat any nearer?"
ARENS: "Well I think any additional moving or any additional exchange of views is another step towards an eventual peace agreement which none of us can really say when its going to take place."
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Background: While United States President Jimmy Carter continues his negotiations with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israel's Prime Minister, Menachem Begin; opposition to President Carter's peace treaty efforts has been voiced in Jerusalem.
SYNOPSIS: The Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defence committee was addressed by deputy Prime Minister Yigael Yadin on Tuesday (6 March). He was unable to tell the committee of the latest developments in the peace negotiations. They learnt of President Carter's new proposals on Friday ( 9 March) from Prime Minister Begin. Relations between Mr Begin and some members of the committee have been strained because of information leaks to the media. But committee member, Moshe Shamir hasn't hesitated in voicing his opposition to President Carter's mission.