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Mideast Developments #257106

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 28, 1978
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(Studio) Battle in south Lebanon between Israeli and Palestinian forces over Khardali Bridge reported; Israelis win and turn control over to Swedish UN peacekeeping troops. Qualified support for United Nations troops from PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat noted. Filmed interview with Arafat by reporter Mike Lee in Beirut shown. [ARAFAT - says PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) is stronger now and has right to fight against Israeli occupation of homeland with any methods. Hopes there is now opportunity for political settlement; cites views on President Carter's role in such agreement. Hopes American public opinion will create some pressure.] Prime Min. Begin's letter to President Sadat, requesting resumption of direct peace talks and to be forwarded to Cairo by United States ambassador Samuel Lewis, reported Films shown. Rptd. Begin proposal for participation of west bank and Gaza Palestinians in talks and Egyptian reaction cited. Arab League call for emergency summit to restore unity among members noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter

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