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Middle East / Palestinian Conference / Israel #112903

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 15, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Issues of Palestinian recognition of state of Israel and PLO's declaration of independent Palestinian state in Israeli-occupied territories noted. Report introduced.

(Ramallah, West Bank: Dean Reynolds) Extensive crackdown by Israelis in occupied territories featured; details given of curfew in Bethlehem and Gaza Strip, scenes shown. [Palestinian journalist Hanna SENIORA, MAN - respond to Palestinian announcements.] [Israeli foreign minister Shimon PERES - calls resolutions meaningless.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) International reaction to PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) meeting noted; details given of recognition of Palestinian state by Egypt, Jordan and other ntns. Report introduced.

(DC: John McWethy) United States response to Palestinian stmts. featured; scenes shown. [PLO leader Yasir ARAFAT - says the ball is now in the Americans' court] Stmts. from President Reagan and President-elect George Bush noted. [BUSH - comments.] [Brookings Institution William QUANDT - says Palestinians have made a major step.] Likelihood that United States will still not talk to PLO, until further stmts. about Israel's security are made, explained.

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Reynolds, Dean

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