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Israeli-Occupied Territory / United States Policy #252861

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 28, 1977
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(Studio) Israeli government of Menahem Begin expresses surprise at Carter administration announcement on Monday with regard to Israeli-occupied territory. State Department backs off some today.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Jerusalem, Israel) Officials in Israel say it's misjudgment of Begin to believe that White House pressure will change him with regard to west bank. Begin's public position is that everything is negotiable. [BEGIN - notes policy that there are no preconditions to peace.] Prime minister says there's no contradiction in this and claims to west bank; says each side should be allowed to state beliefs before Geneva conference Egypt President Sadat's demand for return of all of Sinai noted. Foreign minister Moshe Dayan's spokesperson denies government has excluded any territories from negotiation. View of contd. occupation of west bank is shared by many top officials; comments of defense min. Ezer Weizman and Arab mayor of west bank town of Hebron noted.
REPORTER: Tom Fenton

(DC) State Department issues statement that Begin is welcome in United States and Monday's policy statement not intended to threaten negotiations. [Assistant secretary state Alfred ATHERTON - says statement's intent was to reaffirm policy and show administration's determination to work for peace.] State Department spokesperson Hodding Carter says Arabs must sign peace treaty with Israel, presumably before any withdrawals. Arabs have refused to consider this so far.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

Cronkite, Walter;
Fenton, Tom;
Kalb, Marvin

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