ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 23, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Call by head of Federal Aviation Administration for increase in airport security worldwide reported
(DC: John McWethy) Speculation that plane was sabotaged featured; details given of investigation of passenger manifest. [State Department spokesperson Phyllis OAKLEY - says all leads will be followed.] Investigation of terrorist groups, include Pop. Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, led by Ahmed Jabril and terrorist Abu Nidal detailed. [President REAGAN - explains why public was not warned of threat.] Update from Finnish sources about man who reported threat given.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Tel Aviv, Israel: Dean Reynolds) Efforts by Israeli government to connect PLO to disaster reported [Israeli foreign minister Moshe ARENS - says it may have been done by PLO-associate terrorist group; says United States should have second thoughts about its relations with PLO.] Response from PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat given. [ARAFAT - says Israeli Mossad is trying to sabotage peace process.]
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