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Mid. East / Israel / Working Papers Acceptance #248877

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 11, 1977
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(Studio) Israeli cabinet accepts American-Israeli working papers for Geneva conf. on Mid. East.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Jerusalem, Israel) Early in morning, Prime Minister Begin leaves hospital in Tel Aviv, where he's been for Il days getting treatment for heart ailment. Later, foreign minister Dayan arrives from United States, where he and party saw United States government as being obsessed with Palestinian question. At news conf., Dayan repeats that Israel won't go to Geneva with PLO; he then goes to management with Begin with regard to working papers. Document provides for participation of Palestinians from west bank and Gaza Strip at Geneva, within unified Arab delegation. Israelis would have preferred document state PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) definitely out and that independent Palestinian state not to be discussed, but Dayan says this is best he could get. After 5-hr. meeting, cabinet accepts paper without reservations or qualifications; Begin says decision is unanimous. This means Israel gives go-ahead for Geneva conference

(DC) United States expected Israeli acceptance, but officials remain noncommittal on lack of Israeli reservations about document. [Secretary of State VANCE - wants to wait and see what, if any, qualifications Israelis may have re: tentative understanding reached with Dayan; will then talk to Arab foreign mins. concerning any Israeli reservations.] Palestinian representative remains central problem; Israel has agreed to representatives from west bank and Gaza Strip, but if PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) says these people representative its organization, Israel won't allow it. Reconvening sought by December
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Simon, Bob

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