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Mideast / Atherton Mission / Tito Interview / Settlements Issue #257246

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 08, 1978
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(Studio) Assistant Secretary of State Alfred Atherton's end to peace shuttle between Israel and Egypt and its apparent failure noted. Prime Min. Begin's upcoming visit to Washington, DC for talks with President Carter mentioned. Interview with Yugoslav President Tito, now in DC, concerning his views on Mideast situation shown. Anchor asks Tito if President Sadat can survive failure of peace initiative. [TITO - (thru interpreter) wonders if Sadat can survive if peace mission fails. Notes criticism of Sadat's trip to Jerusalem without informing or consulting with other ntns. involved in war with Israel, but thinks move was courageous. Thinks situation now worse and doesn't know what is ahead.] Tito's revelation that he delivered message from Sadat to Carter noted. [TITO - cites large number of messages he's been recing. and tells joke he made with Carter about feeling like post office box.] Further report on Tito interview upcoming. Disputes over Israeli withdrawal from occupied lands, both without and within Israeli government, mentioned.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Report on differences within Israeli government over requirements for withdrawal as stated in United Nations resolution 242, especially re. west bank. Positions of Prime Min. Begin and of opposition Labor party stated. [Opposition leader Shimon PERES - cites his party's position.] Defense minister Ezer Weizman's view that settlements on occupied lands should halt while negotiations continue and view of settlers, led by agriculture minister Ariel Sharon, that government betrays them in halting settlements cited. [Settler Shlomit ABRAMOWITZ - states feelings about issue.] Future of west bank expected to dominate Begin-Carter talks.

(Studio) Report on Weizman's visit with Pentagon officials concerning arms sales and Defense Department attempt to give him honors ceremony despite cold weather. Film shown.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Simon, Bob

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