CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 14, 1978
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(Studio) Reports of beginning of Israeli raid into south Lebanon against Palestinian bases there in retaliation for PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) raid into Israel over wkend. outlined. United Press International quote of Tel Aviv sources with regard to size of attack compared to that which occurred after 1972 Munich Olympic terrorist incident reported Is noted that details are sketchy, censorship tight; crossing point may have been town of Dovev, Israel, and likely target for Israeli troops is Bint Jbail, Lebanon, which commands access to major roads in area. 1972 retaliatory raid followed same route and stopped just short of Tyre.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Tel Aviv, Israel) Film shown was taken on Monday Belief noted that Israel intends to smash PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) power in south Lebanon, even at risk of heavy casualties to own forces. Hints from Israeli leaders, include Prime Min. Begin, of upcoming attack cited. Question of Syria's reaction to Israeli strike, in light of its warning against such action and presence of peacekeeping troops in Lebanon, outlined. Is noted that PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) is openly hdqtrd. in Beirut.
REPORTER: Bruno Wassertheil
(DC) United States intelligence confirmation of Israeli border crossing and expectations concerning extent of raid, possibly to Litani River, detailed. Also noted are Israeli reconnaissance missions today over Palestinian camps near Tyre, Sidon and Damour. United States concerns over Israel's length of time in Lebanon and Syria's reaction to Israeli raid, with potential for widening conflict.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb
(Studio) Egyptian President Sadat's condemnation of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) Israeli attack, prior to beginning of Israeli retaliation, reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Beni Suef, Egypt) [SADAT - describes PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) action as sad and tragic. Has asked self what will happen now. Calls for halt to vicious circle of revenge and move toward establishment of peace.] Egyptian president's call for solution to Palestinian problem noted. [SADAT - says peace cannot be established without solution to Palestinian problem.] Sadat's visit to town of Beni Suef and public greeting for him there described; threats against president and degree of security surrounding him, considering attack n. of Tel Aviv, noted.
REPORTER: Doug Tunnell
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