Israeli Prime-Minister Menachem Begin has formally recommended the withdrawal of Jewish settlers from Sinai in exchange for peace with Egypt.
SV Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan arriving for cabinet meeting.
SV Premier Menachem Begin stepping out of car.
CU & GV Cabinet ministers at meeting. (3 SHOTS)
GV Pro-settlements demonstrators outside cabinet meeting. (2 SHOTS)
SV Mr. Begin walking out of meeting and going up to newsmen to address them. (2 SHOTS)
CU Mr. Begin speaking in English to newsmen. (3 SHOTS)
SV PAN Demonstrators shouting outside Knesset.
SV INT Knesset Speaker Yitzhak Shamir, addressing Mrs Geula Cohen who interrupts Begin's address. (2 SHOTS)
GV Premier begin speaking as Knesset Speaker tries to control opponent.
GV Mrs Cohen speaking in protest.
GV Speakers puts motion to house on eviction of Mrs. Cohen and members vote. (2 SHOTS)
LV Mrs. Cohen leaving.
SCU Premier Begin speaking in Hebrew as Cabinet ministers listen. (4 SHOTS)
SV & CU Opposition leader Shimon Peres walking up to platform and addressing Knesset in Hebrew. (3 SHOTS)
BEGIN:"The Government empowered me tomorrow in my speech to include the following passage and then to present it as a draft resolution on Wednesday when the debate will be wound up, to the effect:
'The Knesset approves the Camp David Agreement signed by the Prime Minister at the White House on September 17th, 1978. With this decision, eleven members of the Cabinet voted in favour; two against; one abstained."
Never before has the Jewish State voluntarily abandoned such settlements, but President Sadat made their removal from Egyptian soil a condition for peace. Supporters of the settlements, protesting at the Cabinet proposals, recalled that Premier begin had not declared until recently that the Sinai settlements were indispensable, but had even booked a retirement bungalow for himself at one of the most distant settlements, a place called Neot Sinai on the shores of the Mediterranean. But now he has told leaders of the National Religious Party that if the Knesset throw out his proposals, he will resign.
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Background: Israeli Prime-Minister Menachem Begin has formally recommended the withdrawal of Jewish settlers from Sinai in exchange for peace with Egypt. The historic recommendation was made in the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) on Monday (25 September), a day after the Cabinet endorsed the peace accords reached by Mr. Begin and Egyptian President Answar Sadat at the Camp David summit in the United States earlier this month.
SYNOPSIS: Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan, and Defence Minister Ezer Weizman, gave preliminary reports the week before, but the Government postponed discussion until Mr. Begin's return. On Sunday (24 September), the Cabinet held a long debate during their weekly session, and overwhelmingly agreed in favour of the Camp David agreements setting out a framework for peace.
Outside the Prime Minister's office where the ministers were meeting, several hundred members of northern Sinai settlements staged a noisy demonstration. Using loudhailers they addressed leading ministers individually, protesting at the change of policy. But their heckling did not dissuade the Cabinet from following the new line for peace, as Premier Begin reported shortly after to the press.
For supporters of the settlements, it came as a shock that Mr. Begin - long regarded as an arch apostle of Greater Israel - could ever advocate the retreat of zionist pioneers. Even before his speech, there was upper in the Knesset as Speaker Yitzhak Shamir argued with rightwing Jewish Nationalist MP, Geula Chohen.
Her heated denunciation of Mr. Begin's action and her continued heckling led to a Knesset vote for Mrs. Cohen's expulsion from the session.
So Mr. Begin had to watch as one of his fellow hardliners and former co-fighter in the Jewish underground marched angrily from the building. He then went on to explain to the Knesset that the issue of the Sinai settlements had been the most painful part of the Camp David talks. But he said he made the proposals with "a heavy heart and a clear conscience" as the inescapable price of peace with Egypt.
Opposition Labour Party leader Shimon Peres later congratulated the Government on its difficult but vital decision. The debate was then adjourned until Wednesday (27 September) for formal voting and observers predicted overwhelming vote of approval.