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Mid. East / New Israeli Hard-Line-Position #248855

CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 10, 1977
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(Studio) Doubts with regard to reconvening of Mid. East peace conference are in forefront again as Israel takes hard-line stance, spelled out by foreign minister Moshe Dayan.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(New York City) At press conference at United Nations headquarters, Dayan details Israeli position re: points of Mid. East peace. Says Israel will never talk with PLO, even if org. accepts United Nations Resolution 242. [DAYAN - cites Israeli belief is that PLO objects to Israel's existence in way that can't be changed by just changing organization's covenant or by its acceptance of 242. Israel wants to sit down with Palestinian Arabs of west bank and Gaza Strip and it's up to them to decide who will represent them. Says Israeli representatives won't talk with PLO representatives in Beirut or wherever they are.] Dayan also says Palestinians will have to be satisfied with ntlism. within Jordan; that Israel won't give them self-determination nor will it agree to Palestinian homeland. In speech to General Assembly tonight, Dayan formally states that Israel has legal right to west bank, that Jews have right to settle there and that Israel is no longer prepared to trade territory there for peace. Dayan clashes directly with positions taken by President Carter and administration Officials say there hasn't been so broad a gap between United States and Israel since 1956.
REPORTER: Richard C. Hottelet

(Studio) Israeli cabinet is to take up issue of American-Israeli working papers on Geneva conference on Tuesday; outcome uncertain, in light of Dayan's statements today. Syria foreign minister says his country will boycott Geneva talks if PLO not repd.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Hottelet, Richard C.

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