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Carter / News Conference / Mid. East / Monogamy #252934

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 30, 1977
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(Studio) Other topics in news conference noted; incling. attempt by President to patch relations with Israel after uneasiness earlier in week over administration policy re: Israel's negotiating stance.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) In anticipation of meeting with Menahem Begin in July, Carter refuses specific comment with regard to American support of Mid. East peace efforts. [CARTER - believes openness of positions this year has been good; conts. to hope that year will lead toward peace.] Carter's comments on relations with China (PR) and Taiwan, Mid. East oil prices, Panama Canal treaty, human rights stand toward USSR and decision to pay some income tax despite not owing any noted. [McNaught Syndicate reporter Lester KINSOLVING - notes tape recording of statement by Dr. Peter Bourne that, though Carter's relationship is monogamous, President never held anything against people who worked for him who weren't. Asks if it's true.] [CARTER - notes truth with regard to his monogamy. Has never held it against others who had different standard.]
REPORTER: Hal Walker

(Studio) Background report with regard to recent diplomatic controversy with Israel to follow.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) State Department statement at 1st of week, with regard to Israel's claims to west bank and peace negotiations, was initiated by National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski. He wanted to name Menahem Begin and Moshe Dayan in criticism, according to reports, but State Department officials objected. President didn't read statement till after its release and now has decided to stop all Mid. East-related comments till after Begin's visit.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Walker, Hal

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