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Ehud Barak Delivers Remarks to Israeli Parliament

Aired October 30, 2000 - 9:40 a.m. ET

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

BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: Again, there's a developing story on this Monday morning from the Middle East. The Knesset, the Israeli parliament, now meeting for the first time since clashes broke out in the Middle East at the end of September. Ehud Barak, the Israelis prime minister, fighting right now for political survival there.

He started addressing the Israeli parliament about 30 minutes ago. Some quick excerpts from what the prime minister had to say.

Again, this from Jerusalem a short time ago.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

(JOINED IN PROGRESS)

EHUD BARAK, PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL (through translator): ... when the parliament went into recess, the state of Israel has undergone a fundamental period of change. We are at the start of a new situation at the end of which, I am convinced, Israel will emerge stronger, more astute, and closer to realizing the greatest of its national aims, which is the attainment of peace and security while preserving its vital interests.

The aim, which we have striven for since the state was established, from the very beginning of this parliament -- but let us not delude ourselves. At this time, we are at the beginning of a period trial. It obliges us to a new rethink in order to be able to stand firm together.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): The chairman asks for silence to listen to the prime minister.

The speaker calling Mr. Barak into order. Call to order for the first time.

BARAK (through translator): This is a period of trial in which we need to rethink, to reconsider our actions in order to stand together, shoulder to shoulder, to face the very difficult trials which we may yet have to face.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

HEMMER: Ehud Barak, again a short time ago, addressing the Israeli parliament, the Knesset in Jerusalem. He's still talking at this time, and obviously, from the videotape, from the interruptions you heard there, that several people not pleased, Israeli lawmakers not pleased with the words and the message that the Israeli prime minister is delivering today.

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