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Israel / Lebanon / Beirut Airport Attack #1121

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 30, 1968
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(Studio) Arab guerrillas in Lebanon promise revenge for Israeli commando raid against Beirut International Airport, where 13 Arab commercial airliners destroyed. Arabs shell Israeli-held positions. 1 Israeli soldier killed. Lebanon Premier Abdullah Yaffi pledges suppport of retaliation. UN Security Council expected to condemn Israeli action. US, USSR , Gr. Britain and France denounce Israeli action. Sanctions against Israel considered.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) In comment, reporter analyzes attack. Sale of F-4 Phantom jets to Israel noted. Attitude said now changed. Israeli action re: Beirut Airport condemned in DC. Arab fanatics (sic) said strengthened. Lebanon called moderate. Andrei Gromyko visit to Gamal Adbel Nasser noted. Compensating feature: now clear US, USSR must impose settlement on Mideast. US, USSR use of their power said not ruthless, rather justified to achieve peace. Charles Yost seems to favor this. Mideast might be 1st area of President Nixon's new approach to foreign affairs.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Reynolds, Frank;
Smith, Howard K.

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