× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

Middle East / US-PLO Relations #113392

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 15, 1988
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Tunis, Tunisia: Barrie Dunsmore) First official contact between PLO and United States reported; details given of telephone call by United States ambassador to Tunisia Robert Pelletreau; scenes shown of meeting between PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat and E. German pres. Erich Honecker. Stmts. by Palestinian leader George Habash about United States and Israel quoted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Official reaction by Israeli government reported; Israeli Prime Min. Yitzhak Shamir mentioned. Report introduced.

(W. Bank: Dean Reynolds) Response of both Israelis and Palestinians to change in US-PLO relations featured; scenes shown from Israel and West Bank. [ISRAELIS - comment.] Feelings of Palestinians in area noted. [PALESTINIAN, Birzeit Univ. professor Hanan MIKHAIL-ASHRAWI - state Palestinian position.] [A-Najah Univ. professor Saeb EREKAT - says it is first step in long journey.] Future of likely Palestinians uprisings discussed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: John McWethy) Cautionary words from President Reagan about PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) reported [REAGAN - says their words must by matched by performance.] Concern in Middle East about new US-PLO dialogue noted; details given of fear that Libya, Syria or Israel will look to wreck that dialog. Likely positions of Jordan and Saudi Arabia to changes noted. [On Israeli TV, Secretary of State George SHULTZ - says United States commitment to Israel's security is unshakeable.] [Brookings Institution William QUANDT - says next Israeli government just can't say no to everything.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Decision by United Nations General Assembly to convene an international peace conference on Middle East reported; scenes shown from United Nations meeting in Geneva, Switzerland; details given of United Nations decision to refer to observers from PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) as observers from Palestine.

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Reynolds, Dean

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.