INTRODUCTION: The Israeli Parliament has been debating the establishment of a multi-national peace-keeping force for the Sinai Desert.
GV INT. PAN Over Knesset
SV Foreign Minister, Yitzhak Shamir, walks to rostrum, then speaks
CU Yitzhak Shamir speaking
SV Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Deputy Prime Minister Yigael Yadin listening.
SV Moshe Dayan listening and religious groups (3 shots) (overlaid speech ends)
SV Opposition Leader, Shimon Peres listening to another speaker
SV Yitzhak Rabin listening, GV Knesset member (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Israeli Parliament has been debating the establishment of a multi-national peace-keeping force for the Sinai Desert. Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir told the Knesset that the plan could provide a layer of security to Israel along its southern frontier, and protect its communication lines with Africa and Asia.
SYNOPSIS: The Tenth Knesset met on Monday (27 July) to discuss the multi-national forces after Prime Minister Begin failed to produce a proposal for a coalition Government. Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir put forward the Government's case.
Mr. Shamir said Israel would seek to ensure the stability and continuity of the force, with decisive American participation.
He said the Government wants the multi-national force, which will be headed by an American civilian. It will comprise 2,000 infantry soldiers supported by auxiliary units.
Mr. Shamir said it could be formed under the Camp David agreements. He emphasized that it would not be dismantled without Israel's permission, unlike the previous United Nations force.
Paying close attention to the debate were Prime Minister Menachem Begin and his Deputy, Yigael Yadin.
Also in the Parliament was former Defence Minister Moshe Dayan who later heard the Labour opposition attack the Government for not pursuing some of the Camp David provisions.
Opposition Leader Shimon Peres was there to hear a party member use the session to criticise the Government about the recent conflict over Lebanon.
Later, former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin told the Parliament the use of Israeli planes against Beirut was not effective. He also said the battle against the Palestine Liberation Organisation (P.L.O.) had to continue on a steady basis.