ABC Evening News for Sunday, Feb 08, 1987
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.
(Damascus, Syria: Jerry King) Videotape of hostage Alan Steen pleading for Israel to acquiesce to kidnappers' demands to prevent murders of himself, Jesse Turner, Robert Polhill and Mithileshwar Singh examined; details given, scenes shown. [In video, STEEN - claims Islamic Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine is serious; warns United States against attacking Lebanon.] Revolutionary Justice Org.'s statement on kidnapped Anglican envoy Terry Waite mentioned. Proposal of Amal leader Nabih Berri to help win release of some United States hostages in exchange for mass prisoner release by Israel outlined. [BERRI - claims Israel is considering offer.]
(Tel Aviv, Israel: Dean Reynolds) Reaction here to terrorists' demands featured; scenes shown. [For. minister Shimon PERES - denies Israel was approached with prisoner exchange plan.] [Cabinet secretary Eliakim RUBINSTEIN - declines comment.] [Cabinet minister Moshe ARENS - denies United States has approached Israel on terrorists' demands.]
(DC: Jeanne Meserve) [Courtesy "This Wk.", Secretary of State George SHULTZ - questions sincerity of threats against hostages; won't forecast United States response.] Implications of United States naval presence in region considered. [SHULTZ - holds Beirut population responsible.] [Arab League ambassador Clovis MAKSOUD - accuses Shultz of flippancy and insensitivity.]