CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 15, 1977
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(Studio) prime Min. Begin's arrival in Washington, DC for talks on Friday with President Carter and Carter's news conference comments with regard to shift in United States policy on PLO participation in future Mideast peace talks noted. Film shown.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Carter's denial of knowledge of Begin's proposals. [CARTER - describes planned response to prime minister's proposals, depending on what they are and whether he thinks President Sadat can accept them.] president's expressed hopes that moderate Arabs can be brought into Cairo conf. noted. [CARTER - notes negative actions of PLO, its rejection of own indirect invitation to Cairo and direct invitations of Ass ad, Hussein, Khalid and Sadat, and its refusal to acknowledge Israel's right to exist. Thinks these actions have made PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) remove self from immediate future negotiations.] President's remarks on recent USSR efforts in Mideast and overall United States-USSR relations for year cited.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(DC) Report on change in United States stand with regard to PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) and turn to trying to get moderate Palestinians from Gaza Strip and west bank to come to Cairo conference Carter's remarks on situation to Arab-American leaders, at White House meeting, detailed, incl. mention of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) call for destruction of Israel and assassination of Sadat. Reports on new ideas with regard to Palestinians to be presented by Begin noted.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb
(Studio) Associated Press report that Begin expected to invite Carter to Jerusalem cited. Secretary of State Vance's return to Washington, DC from Mideast trip and his report to Carter, incl. cautious support from Saudi Arabia for Egypt-Israel efforts and more flexibility in Israelis stand with regard to occupied lands, reported Film shown. Mtgs. at Cairo conference described.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Giza, Egypt) Report on progress at Cairo conference Sightseeing at pyramids of Giza by Israeli delegation leader Eliahu Ben-Elissar and top aides, and Ber-Elissar's comment with regard to future Israeli tourists here, noted. [BEN-ELISSAR - says mood here could even be called friendship between Egyptians and Israelis and that it's all quite promising.] Recess of conf., for sabbaths of Muslims, Jews and American Christians, which will give time for legal committee to work out agenda, mentioned; opportunity this gives for delegates to get to know each other in formally described.
REPORTER: Bert Quint