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Mideast Developments #257048

CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 24, 1978
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(Studio) Prime Min. Begin's return to Israel from United States visit and signs of Israeli public disapproval of some Begin hard-line policies reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Falling domestic and international opinion of Begin and his failure to respond to President Sadat's Peace initiative described. Question to Prime minister with regard to whether there's crisis in government mentioned. [BEGIN - will do best to put house in order, but has just arrived.] Dissension within Begin's own party noted; defense minister Weizman's proposal to form broader government cited. [WEIZMAN - states support for national unity government] Weizman's close relations with Sadat mentioned. Labor party mbrs.' call for Begin's resignation stated; Labor leader Shimon Peres' reaction described. [PERES - says national united program necessary before there can be national coalition.] Begin's problems noted on issues of withdrawal from west bank, invasion of south Lebanon against Palestinians and hints from United States sources that it's considered he's obstacle to peace and should be removed from office.
REPORTER: Tom Fenton

(Studio) Poll results reported on question to Israelis with regard to support for hard-line stance on settlements issue. Secretary of State Vance's denial of any United States effort to force Begin from office noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Press conference question to Vance with regard to peace possibilities with Begin remaining in Power stated. [VANCE - would be inappropriate to comment on Israeli internal affairs. Denies United States attempts to topple Begin.] Vance's other comments on Mideast situation include remarks with regard to settlements issue, continued United States mediation efforts and President Carter's ideas for breaking impasse; lack of statement with regard to requirements for Egypt noted and outline given of Carter's ideas. Senator sources' reports with regard to Carter's position on future of w. bank detailed.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Syrian peacekeeping forces' order to halt supplies to Palestinian guerrillas in Lebanon reported Update on situation in south Lebanon, as UN forces continue moving into area south of Litani River.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Fenton, Tom;
Kalb, Marvin

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