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Mideast / United States Arms Sales / Jerusalem Bombing / Lebanon #256369

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 14, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's decision to sell war planes to Egypt and also to sell more planes to Israel and some to Saudi Arabia noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Details with regard to sales of F-5E's, F-16's and F-15's to Mideast and how this will affect number of fighter planes already in area listed. Defense Department film shown. No. of planes now owned by Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Jordan stated. Israeli reaction as well as that in Congress noted. [Secretary of State VANCE - denies this sale decision is shift in United States Mideast policy.] Expected tough fight in Congress for approval of sales noted. Senator For. Relations Committee plans for rapid hearings cited. White House consideration of invitation to Prime Min. Begin to visit Washington, DC to talk with Carter re: decision reported President Sadat's visit to United States mentioned.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Egyptians' refusal to comment on decision and past comments on arms sales in Mideast from United States reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Report on Israeli reaction to United States decision; Begin's meeting with ambassador Sam. Lewis noted. Film shown. Also noted is Israeli view that cuts in own requests for planes is 1st sign of United States pressure on Israel because of their negotiating position.

(Studio) Report on bus bombing in Jerusalem. Film shown. Vote by Lebanese parliament to establish Lebanese-Syrian military tribunal to find and punish those who last week breached peace in country reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Simon, Bob

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