The Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, met with his Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee on Tuesday (20 February) for a briefing.
MV Simon Peres leaving meeting followed by Abba Eban.
MV Yitzach Shamir and Moshe Shamir leaving.
MV Prime Minister Begin leaving meeting.
MCU Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, Moshe Arrens, speaking in English.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 4: ARRENS: "Sending more armaments to the Hiddle East can only destabilise the area and bring about another situation like in Iran. today, the real cause for concern is that the weapons will fall into the hands of the Soviets. There is a risk of potential aggression if Saudi Arabia and Egypt are supplied with arms, and, in the final analysis, find its way against Israel. The new regime in Iran is aligning itself with Israel's enemies."
REPORTER:"Is there any operational co-operation?"
ARRENS:"In the long run, it is a possibility."
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Background: The Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, met with his Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee on Tuesday (20 February) for a briefing. And topics ranged from the evacuation of the Sinai, through America's increased involvement in the Middle East, to Iran.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting was held simultaneously with the new round of Egyptian-Israeli peace talks at Camp David. But, as the Israeli leaders faced each other here, what concerned them was the announced by the United States that it would become more involved int eh Middle East. Committee Chairman, Moshe Arrens, rejected any US arms sales to Egypt or Saudi Arabia.