After three days of talks of Jerusalem about an Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty, United States President, Jimmy Carter, will fly to Egypt on Tuesday (13 March).
GV U.S. President Jimmy Carter being escorted into Knesset chamber, Jerusalem.
GV Parliamentarians seated in Knesset.
SCU Carter speaking in English as MPs and Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, listen. (5 SHOTS)
SCU Begin speaking in Hebrew and is interrupted by hecklers.
SV Likud Coalition Member, Mrs Geula Cohen, in her seat.
GV Speaker asking for order.
SV Mrs. Cohen continues arguing with Speaker.
CU EXTERIOR Begin speaking to newsmen in English.
CARTER:"But we've not yet fully met our challenge, despite our unflagging determination, despite the extraordinary progress of the past six months. We still fall short. The people of the two nations are ready now for peace. The people of the two nations are ready now for peace. The leaders have not yet proven that we are also ready for peace, enough to take a chance. We must persevere."
BEGIN:"I can say, with a knowledge of the facts, and in complete truthfulness, that since the President of the United States arrived in our country Saturday night we made great progress in solving outstanding problems connected with the peace-making process and with the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. Several problems are now being left still outstanding which will be, as I believe, negotiated continuously until we find a solution for that. I do believe that such a solution can be found and then, if this is the case, we may have the opportunity to reach an agreement which will serve as the basis for the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel."
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Background: After three days of talks of Jerusalem about an Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty, United States President, Jimmy Carter, will fly to Egypt on Tuesday (13 March). There he will be met by Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, before returning home to Washington. On Monday (12 March), it looked as if President Carter's "Pilgrimage for Peace" in the Middle East was in serious trouble. But later in the day, there were more encouraging signs. Israeli Prime Minister, Menachem Begin, said after his third Cabinet meeting of the day that "great progress" was being made. There are now hopes for a successful outcome to a meeting between the U.S. Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance, and Israel's Defence Committee, consisting of leading Cabinet ministers.
SYNOPSIS: On Monday, both Mr. Begin and President Carter addressed the Knesset. The American leader said he had written two speeches -- one of despair and another of glad tidings. But finally he had decided to deliver one of caution and hope.
But Mr. Begin's speech was interrupted by vociferous heckling from rightwing parliamentarians.
One heckler was Mrs. Geula Cohen, a member of Mr. Begin's own Likud Coalition. She accused him of "committing a crime" against Israel. But later Mr. Begin got a better hearing at a news conference.