In the wake of Arab disquiet over the result of the Israeli general election, which swept aside the 29-year-old Labour government and put into power the right-wing Likud Party, the Prime Minister Designate, Menachem begin, has been visiting one of the controversial jewish settlements on the West Bank of the Jordan.
GVs EXTERIOR Jewish settlement on West Bank, with people in streets and children in playground (3 shots)
SV & CU Israel Likud Party founder member General Ariel Sharon speaking to newsmen (in English)
SV PAN Jewish children singing
SV & GVs Likud leader and prime Minister elect, menachem begin, and crowd walking through settlement (4 shots)
SV INTERIOR Begin speaking to newsmen (in English ) (3 shots)
SHARON:"I can tell you all that, no doubt, israel will stay in the West Bank. So I do. And not only along the Jordan, because the problems is not only the Jordan, the problem is all this area, and mostly the mountains and the slopes - and I think if there is a change in the country. We manage, really, to get rid of the enemies of israel."
BEGIN:"The Arab people here have free-option citizenship. It means that if an Arab wants to become an Israeli citizen, then that citizenship should be granted to him. If he wants to keep his private citizenship, we will not force upon him our citizenship. This is, under international law, called free-option citizenship. It's free choice. It was a recognised settlement. We believe this is the land of israel. As a right it belongs to the jewish people, and it is our wonderful pioneers who settle here. We wish them the best."
REPORTER:"Would you permit unrestricted settlements on the West Bank when you become Prime Minister?"
BEGIN: "No. When we form the government, there won't be any necessity for so-called unauthorised settlements, because the government will call upon the young people in this country and abroad to come in to settle the land."
The very platforms which the various leaders stand and criticise the South African Government -- that is their right if they wish; I'm not taking it amiss if they do -- those platforms were created by the policy of separate development. Therefore, if the world says to South Africa that there must be full political participation, then I, in all earnestness, say that is the position in South Africa."
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Background: In the wake of Arab disquiet over the result of the Israeli general election, which swept aside the 29-year-old Labour government and put into power the right-wing Likud Party, the Prime Minister Designate, Menachem begin, has been visiting one of the controversial jewish settlements on the West Bank of the Jordan. Under the previous government, these settlements -- on land occupied in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war -- were declared 'unauthorised'.
SYNOPSIS: The Kaddum settlement, founded by a group which calls itself the Alon Moreh, is one of them. A Likud founder member, General Ariel Sharon, was one of the official party touring the area on Thursday (May 19).
Mr. Begin led the Likud Party to victory in the first elections to break Labour domination since the state of Israel was founded in 1948. While he says he's ready to personally lead an Israeli mission into peace negotiations with the Arab states, he's also promising to increase jewish settlements on the West Bank -- one of the major causes of dissent between the two sides.
Illustrating the promise, he led Thursday's inspection tour. UP SOUND FOR FOUR SECONDS AND DOWN. The international initiatives to resume the 1973 Geneva peace conference on the Middle East, hopefully sometime this year, has been based on the possible creation of an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank. Until the Israeli general election both Israel and the Arab states and their international sponsors seemed agreed to talk on this basis. But now, Mr. Begin says the West Bank is 'liberated jewish territory'.