CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 19, 1977
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(Studio) Israeli troops have crossed into Lebanon, where there is heavy fighting between Christians and Palestinians. Report from area was subjected to heavy Israeli censorship.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Matoola, Israel) Heaviest fighting in Lebanon in almost 2 years reported Christians attack hill held by PLO, and have Israeli artillery support. Details of fighting noted; battles mock agreement signed in July by Lebanese government, Syrians, Christians and PLO, that all arms be moved 10 km. from Israeli border, among other provisions. Fighting also shows Israelis prepared to deepen involvement in Lebanon.
REPORTER: Bob Simon
(Studio) State Department expresses concern with regard to escalated fighting. Incr. in fighting comes as United States officials begin 2 weeks of intensive mtgs. with visiting foreign mins. from Mid. East. 1st is Israel's Moshe Dayan.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Dayan's visit opens United States attempts to break impasse with regard to Geneva conf. So far, efforts have failed and concern mounts as fighting in Lebanon escalates. Dayan comes to United States after mystery meeting in Paris over wkend., but he will only say he was in meeting, not with whom. Speculation is that it was Arab leader, but no one is mentioning names. Prior to meeting with Secretary Vance, Dayan apologizes for 1967 sinking of American ship Liberty, saying it was mistake. CIA document asserts Israel didn't know ship was American until too late. Incident is recalled today by pro-Palestinian group thru newspaper ads. Dayan's visit coincides with meeting of Palestinian leaders in Damascus, where they will rptdly. decide about PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) acceptance of United Nations Resolution 242.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb
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