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Israel / Begin / Reaction #252096

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 19, 1977
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(Studio) Shimon Peres turns down invitation to be in coalition government of Menahem Begin. Begin reaffirms hard line in holding west bank of Jordan River for Israel; area had been proposed for Palestinian homeland.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(W. Bank, Israeli-occupied territory) Peres gives Likud party stand of no concession of territory as one reason for refusal to take part in government Begin visits unauthorized Jewish settlement in west bank, near Kadum. Begin says government's policy will amount to annexation of west bank territory. [BEGIN - says land belongs to Israel and Jewish people; government will ask young people to settle in area.] West bank Arab pols. shocked by election [Pamallah Mayor Karim KHALAF - doesn't believe there's chance for peace with Begin government and expects 5th war soon.] Other Arabs say pressure from US will keep Begin restrained. REPORTER: Tom Fenton

Cronkite, Walter

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