ABC Evening News for Sunday, Nov 13, 1988
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Possibility that PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) may accept Israel's right to exist reported Report introduced.
(Algiers, Algeria: Barrie Dunsmore) Palestine National Council (PNC) meeting in Algiers to establish independent Palestinian state that would coexist with Israel reported; scenes shown. [PLO spokesperson Bassam ABU SHARIF - says Palestinians must take steps toward real peace in Middle East.] Concept of two states in Palestine reiterated. [PLO leader Yasir ARAFAT - says he would talk with Israel.] United Nations resolution of 1947 that divided Palestine between Jews and Arabs recalled. [Palestinian leader George HABASH - says "never" to concessions.] Issue of whether Palestinian concessions are too little or too late mentioned.
(Studio: Sam Donaldson) State Department reported expressing skepticism about PLO's change in stance on terrorism due to presence of Abu Abbas, alleged mastermind of Achille Lauro hijacking, at conference Report introduced.
(Tel Aviv, Israel: Dean Reynolds) Response by Israel to Palestinian conference reported; scenes shown of Israeli forces enforcing curfew in Gaza Strip and in West Bank. [Knesset member Ehud OLMERT - attacks Arafat.] Israeli policy in occupied territories reviewed.