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Israel / Peace Conference / Nuclear Arsenal #249101

CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 24, 1977
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(Studio) Hopes for reconvened Mid. East peace conference seem off again.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Jerusalem, Israel) prime Min. Begin strengthens position in parliament as Democrat Mvt. for Change party joins government He may need support soon. President Carter and Begin have exchanged messages this week on changes Arabs want made in US-Israeli working papers on conference and Israelis are concerned about this. Details of Arabs' proposed changes noted, include negotiating as unified delegation, PLO-appointed Palestinian representatives and legitimate rights of Palestinians. Israelis haven't reacted favorably to Carter's soundings on these proposals, so United States has yet to find formula to begin peace talks again.

(Studio) Is known fact that Israel has nuclear arsenal and how it got uranium for arsenal is more intriguing story. "Rolling Stone" magazine reports former pres. Johnson and Ford knew in 1966 that enriched uranium from Pennsylvania plant was diverted illegally to Israel, but did nothing about it. Mag. charges that Johnson ordered cover-up of info.; also says Israel got uranium from other sources by hijacking shipments from West Germany, Britain and France, with complicity of those govts.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Simon, Bob

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