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Mideast / Elections #222271

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 28, 1972
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(Studio) Local elections held on west hank Jordan River, 1st since Israel took over in 1967.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Jericho, Jordan) Arab guerrilla action threatened, but did not diminish crowd. Carnival atmosphere prevails. Arabs elect own leaders with Israel's approval, while King Hussein talks with President Nixon in DC. Hussein advocates Arab federation. Voting high, without incident. Only 17,000 of 125,000 residents allowed to vote. Even so, voting viewed optimistically as Arab/Israel coexistence.

(Studio) Outcome of election could affect federation proposal of King Hussein.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) President Nixon, Hussein meet at White House. Autonomous Palestinian state discussed. Need of economic, military aid from United States stressed. Present aid cited. Lunch held at State Department More details set forth for Secretary of State William Rogers. On leaving Hussein makes diplomatic gesture. [HUSSEIN - expresses appreciation for kind welcome.] King said unsuccessful in getting President Nixon approval for peace plan. 2 reasons: (1) too internal and (2) can't succeed without Israel-Jordanian peace agreement.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Rabel, Ed

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