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Mideast / Israeli Raid #256862

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 15, 1978
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(Studio) Israeli incursion into south Lebanon to fight against Palestinian strongholds there noted. Prime Min. Begin's announcement with regard to success of raid and intention for troops to stay there till all Palestinian terrorists out reported Details of raid given, include Israeli movement to near Litani River, demarcation point with Syrian peace-keeping forces in Lebanon, and attacks on Damour, Ouzai and areas around Beirut. Map shown. Condemnation of raid is noted as general international reaction. Israeli claims of attacks only on PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) bases noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Israel-Lebanon Border) Details given with regard to Israeli attacks by ground and air; single confrontation between Israeli and Syrian forces noted. Visit to front by Prime Min. Begin and defense minister Ezer Weizman, include tour of PLO stronghold of Naqoura, reported Few prisoners reported being taken by Israelis; 2 that have been captured are put on display and interrogated at Metulla. [PRISONER of Israel - had lost everything.] Support for Israelis from Christian Lebanese in area noted. [Lebanese SOLDIER - says it's nice that Israeli army came in and hit PLO. Cites many PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) attacks on Lebanese Christians.] [2nd Lebanese SOLDIER - says Israel is their army.) Question of length of planned Israeli occupation of Lebanese corridor noted.
REPORTER: Jerry Bowen

(Beirut, Lebanon) Report on Israeli air and sea attack along coast, include city of Tyre, Palestinian refugee camp of Rachadiyeh Damour, where many refugees from Tal Zaatar camp came during Lebanese civil war, and Beirut airport.

(Studio) Possibility of more fighting reported Prime Min. Begin's news conference in Jerusalem mentioned.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Israel's reasoning behind decision to execute raid into south Lebanon and knock out PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) bases there given. Calculations re: Syria's inability to retaliate without Egypt's aid and Egypt's reluctance to break off peace negotiations by doing so outlined. [BEGIN - says if Egypt really wants peace agreement with Israel, events of last few days shouldn't be obstacle to negotiations.] Prime minister's statement of intention to keep Israeli troops in south Lebanon till agreement reached with regard to no return of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) bases reported [BEGIN - wants agreements so that such attacks will no longer be made against Israel.] Israeli attitude towards relations with United States and concerns of observers that Israeli position on withdrawal from west bank and creation of Palestinian entity will harden even further stated.
REPORTER: Tom Fenton

(Studio) Israeli chief of staff Mordechai Gur's comments with regard to lack of Syrian participation in fighting quoted. Syria's reaction to invasion noted. Upcoming reports on other reactions and special broadcast on Mideast outlined.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Bowen, Jerry;
Cronkite, Walter;
Fenton, Tom;
Lee, Mike

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