Next week (13th November, 1978) Israeli Premier Menachem Begin is expected to review the progress of the Israeli-Egyptian peace talks.
GV Earthmoving equipment clearing site (2 shots)
SV Construction workers eating sandwiches, PAN TO soldiers standing nearby
CU Israeli Construction Minister Gideon Patt speaking in English (3 shots)
PATT: "You have to remember we are not building a new settlement. We are just changing the site of the existing settlements. There are some eighty families living now in Maale Aduunin in very poor housing conditions. It is inhuman to let them stay there for another winter, more than another winter. They will have to spend this coming winter, but I do not think it is human to keep them there for more than one winter. many children are there. It is part of the town that we have planned from the very beginning.
REPORTER: "You mean that you will not be adding any new people to the West Bank?"
PATT: "We are talking now about Maale Aduunin. When time comes and Maale Aduunin will develop, there will be more than 60, 70 or 80 families there. You have to understand we are talking about a suburb of Jerusalem. It has an eye contact with Hebrew University on Mount Scopus (phonetic), and Agusta Memorial Hospital on Mount Scopus. It is nine kilometres from the centre of the city of Jerusalem, and it is nothing more than a suburb of the city of Jerusalem."
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Background: Next week (13th November, 1978) Israeli Premier Menachem Begin is expected to review the progress of the Israeli-Egyptian peace talks. The head of the Israeli negotiating team will reportedly take part. According to some reports, Defence Minister Ezer Weizman will discuss with them the draft treaty preamble dealing with the occupied West Bank -- an area which has become a central issue in the difficulties which have arisen during the treaty negotiations.
SYNOPSIS: Despite pleas by President Carter that Israel do nothing to jeopardise the talks, bulldozers this week began clearing more land for settlement. Israel's announcement earlier that it would begin building new settlements almost brought the talks to a halt. But Construction Minister, Gideon Patt, says the work being done here is not for new settlements.