PM Begin in an Interview with Luxemburg Radio (Paris) in Jerusalem

Begin addressed to the recently renewed negotiations with Egypt, amid anti-Semitic remarks expressed in the Egyptian press, in an interview with Luxemburg radio. He then went on to discuss the countries’ differing viewpoints on Israeli settlements in the Sinai Peninsula and the region’s demilitarization. Later, Begin discussed a variety of topics, including the autonomy proposal, the role of the United States in the negotiations, and his friendship with Sadat in the wake of Sadat’s hostile interview with October magazine. He then went on to discuss the Israel-France relationship, expressing a wish to see France’s hostile policy toward Israel end and the Franco-Israeli alliance renewed. Finally, Begin spoke about his election to the position of Prime Minister.

No Quick Formula for M.E. Problems

In an interview, Begin discusses different topics regarding the peace process with Egypt and other Arab nations. Begin argues that self-determination does not mean independent statehood and Israel would not accept Palestinian statehood. He also says that although Palestinians will have free political activity, Israel will not allow an organization who wants Israel destroyed. Regarding which nations will have control over the West Bank and Gaza, Begin says that although the land belongs to the Jewish people, there are other claims. Begin strongly argues that settlement building in the West Bank and Sinai should not be viewed as detrimental to the peace talks. Begin says that the peace process is moving, and it’s important that there is patience. The last question was about Likud members voting against Begin’s peace plan. Begin responds by saying he was hurt, but will still pursue his plan.

Striving for Peace in the M.E.

In a TV interview, Begin discusses his relationship with Jimmy Carter and Anwar Sadat, specifically regarding peace in the Middle East. First, Begin talks about his successful visit with Carter. Then Begin talks about how he does not want peace with only Egypt, he wants Israel to be at peace with all of its neighbors. In regards to Jews living in Judea and Samaria, Begin said that they have a right to live there, just how Arabs from Judea and Samaria have a right to live in Israel. Begin talks about the consistent contact with Sadat. Begin states that Jerusalem will not be divided and will remain the Capital City for Israel. Then Begin talks about security and says that Israel will only rely on itself, not any international guarantees. Additionally, Begin says that regarding land, “We always said that everything is negotiable, except the destruction of Israel. Everything is negotiable.” Begin closes saying that meeting in Cairo is a great step towards peace.

Our Plan for Peace

Begin focuses on actions of Israel’s Arab neighbors to show that they do not want lasting peace with Israel. He starts by expressing that both United States and Israel want to increase the momentum towards the peace-making process. Then he shifts to a problem. He talks about how the PLO’s charter includes Hiterlized philosophy. He quotes an article from the Palestinian National Convention. Begin understands that it says that Arabs can return to Palestine and there is not room for Jews. Additionally, the PLO denies the biblical relationship Jews have to the land. He talks about PLO’s terrorism and ultimately says that although Israel does and won’t give up on peace, it cannot have productive talks with an organization whose philosophy is “based on an Arabic ‘Mein Kampf.'” Begin shifts to talk about Israel’s participation in the Geneva Peace Conference. He concludes with mentioning what Israel will do if the PLO is allowed to participate in the Geneva Conference.