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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak Addresses Knesset Ahead of No-Confidence Votes

Aired July 10, 2000 - 10:24 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: And we want to take you live now to Jerusalem where Prime Minister -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak is speaking. He is addressing the Knesset as he faces a no-confidence vote before heading to the U.S. for peace talks with the Palestinians.

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EHUD BARAK, ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER (through translator): ... intelligence insisting that we should have separation from the Palestinians while maintaining the red lines that we have promised to keep. We shall not go back to the 67 lines. Jerusalem will remain unified under our sovereignty. There will be no foreign army west of the Jordan. There will be an absolute majority of settlers in Judea and Samaria who will be under our sovereignty in settlement blocks, and Israel shall not recognize any legal or moral responsibility for solving the problem of the refugees.

Knesset and people of Israel, we received a sweeping majority and mandate from the people to lead, not to sit in the government and just count the days of government.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): Call you to order.

KAGAN: We're showing you live pictures right now from Jerusalem. This the Knesset, today considering no-confidence votes of Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Interesting, if nothing else, to see they conduct their government in a more lively style than you would see happen here in Washington, D.C. The issue: Mr. Barak is headed here -- is headed to the U.S., to Washington, D.C., to Camp David to hold peace talks with the Palestinians starting tomorrow. Many in his coalition government not happy with that, calling for this no- confidence vote. Mr. Barak saying he believes the people of Israel want to see peace with the Palestinians.

We'll listen in a little bit more.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): We will allow the prime minister to continue. Thank you very much, thank you.

Mr. Prime Minister, I do hope you will be able to continue. Please continue. BARAK (through translator): We have received a clear-cut, sweeping majority from -- mandate from the people to lead, to identify problems and solve them.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): Enke Kleine (ph), Enke Heirshon (ph), I call you to order for the first time. Enke Hendel (ph), that's quite enough. Enke Livnat (ph), that's enough. Enke Hendel, thank you.

KAGAN: A spirited discussion from within the Knesset, like I mentioned before, very different from how you would see Congress address the president of the United States. But this is a discussion within the Israeli Knesset of a no-confidence vote of Prime Minister Ehud Barak. He is on -- he is about to leave to come here to the U.S. to conduct peace talks with the Palestinians.

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