In the United States, the White House announced on Friday (16 December) that Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin had given President Carter proposals for resolving the Palestinian issue.
GV EXTERIOR: White House, Washington DC.
SV INTERIOR: Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin with President Jimmy Carter.
GV EXTERIOR: Carter, Begin and officials walking to car and talking, shaking hands.
SV: reporters talking to Begin.
REPORTER: "Mr. Begin, what did you tell Mr Carter back at the White House?"
BEGIN: "I had a talk with the President himself, and then we sat by wish of the President with my colleagues together in the Cabinet Room for another hour, and we discussed the most important problems concerning the peace-making process in the Middle East. Thank you."
The Israeli Embassy in Washington said Mr Begin and President Carter would confer again on Saturday (17 December). U.S. officials said Israel was showing flexibility over the its hardline position over occupation of the West Bank of the Jordan.
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Background: In the United States, the White House announced on Friday (16 December) that Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin had given President Carter proposals for resolving the Palestinian issue. An official statement issued following two-hour talks said Premier Begin also presented plans for guiding Israeli-Egyptian relations.
SYNOPSIS: No further details were issued after the first session of talks during the Israeli Prime Minister's hurriedly arranged trip to the United States. Mr. Begin said beforehand that he wanted to outline what he called 'key steps' in the search for an Arab Israeli peace settlement. At the start of the talks President Carter praised Mr. Begin and Egyptian President Anwar S???at for the momentum towards peace created by their ???istory meeting in Jerusalem. The two leaders were meeting in Washington at the same time as a lower-level conference involving Israeli and Egyptian officials arranged by President Sadat was taking place in Cairo.
The President told Mr. Begin that when he and President Sadat conferred in Jerusalem that staff at the White House were 'glued to their television sets'. President Carter said it was 'very exciting' to see the Israeli and Egyptian leaders sitting on the same couch, being interviewed together without any animosity.
American officials said they expected Mr. Begin to urge the President to visit jerusalem for further talks during his major world tour beginning on December 29th. Before leaving Premier Begin spoke to reporters.