CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 29, 1978
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(Studio) Lobbying war in Washington, DC set off by Carter administration proposal to sell war planes to Egypt and Saudi Arabia noted. Earlier report on Arab lobby mentioned; following is examination of Arab-American connection.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) Amt. of United States trade with Arab ntns., much of which occurs in Houston, Texas, noted. [Texas Commerce Bank chairperson Ben LOVE - cites amount of business that state of Texas does with oil-prod. Arab ntns.] Beginning of relations between Arabs and Texans, when Texans drilled 1st wells in Mideast 40 years ago, stated; continued good relations described. Photos and sketches shown. Exs. cited are Petroleum Club of Houston and Houston-based 3D/International's contracts with Saudi Arabia. Oil companies refusal to discuss questions of political influence in Arab causes noted. [3-D International spokesperson Victor NEUHAS - sees United States government discouraging trade with Arabs and thinks this not in national interest] American Jewish Committee's monitor for Arab activities in United States is Ira Silverman; his concerns with regard to new aspect of national interest and potential for discrimination against Jewish busmen. cited. [SILVERMAN - says message that American corps.' money is made with Arabs is pounded home.] Saudi Arabian Gaith Pharaon's purchase of Bert Lance's stock in National Bank of Georgia noted; John Connally and Pharaon's purchase of Houston's Main Bank also mentioned. Legal aid provided to Arab ntns. by attys. with Washington, DC ties cited. Those mentioned and ntns. they aid include: Connally, former Kennedy aide Fred Dutton-Saudi Arabia; president adviser Clark Clifford-Algeria; former Senator J. William Fulbright-United Arab Emirates; unwillingness of these and other Americans with Arab ties to discuss meaning of these ties cited. One who does is Texas busman. Robert Quick; his dealings with Saudis described. [QUICK - thinks Am business community is afraid of Jewish lobby, but more important, thinks Congress is afraid of Jewish lobby.] Representative Toby Moffett's Lebanese ancestry and his consistent support for Israel stated. [MOFFETT - notes past views of some with regard to congress support for Israel and says this won't hold up any more.] Battle shaping up in Washington, DC over President Carter's proposed plane sale to Egypt and Saudi Arabia noted; film shown. [American Enterprise Institution spokesperson Seth TILLMAN - cites possibilities for Carter involved in battle.] White House official's statements with regard to situation cited. Results of Gallup poll of American public opinion, taken after President Sadat's peace initiative, reported Evidence of Arab lobby as firm part of American scene given.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin