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Mideast Developments / Carter Arms Sales Pkg. Controversy #257550

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 26, 1978
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(Studio) Growing controversy between White House and Congress over proposed Mideast arms sales package noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Senate Foreign Relations Committee mbrs.' talks with Secretary of State Vance on arms pkg. issue detailed; Senators' view of situation, in light of dong. opposition to linking arms sale to Israel with that to Egypt and Saudi Arabia, stated; thoughts by some that President Carter can't win confrontation with Congress on issue. [Senator Frank CHURCH - says committee would be against package as sent to them.] [Senator Jacob JAVITS - believes Congress should be trusted more by executive branch to be able to work out solution.] Press Secretary Jody Powell's statement reported.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(DC) Plans by President to send package to Congress in form that will prevent members having to vote against Israeli lobby noted. Israeli lobby's expected moves for disapproval of sale of war planes to Saudi Arabia cited. Details of administration plan given, include strategy involving House International Relations Committee
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint

(Studio) Report on Israeli opposition to arms sale package
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Israeli military leaders' hope for withdrawal of cntry.'s fighter planes request, if President Carter submits package deal to Congress, noted; preparations to wait few years for planes if this would deny Saudi Arabia war planes stated. Former Israeli chief of staff Mordechai Gur's view of situation reported [GUR - states views on arms sale package and feeling that Saudis don't need F-15's.] President Carter's claims that F-15's would never be used by Saudis against Israel noted. [Prime Min. BEGIN - states objection to sale to Egypt and Saudi Arabia; says Saudis would then become confrontation state.] Interviews marked as cleared by Israeli censors. Demonstration along highway to Jerusalem of members of Peace Now movement reported; their request for Begin to be more flexible cited.

(Studio) Report on talks in Washington, DC between Secretary of State Vance and Israeli foreign minister Dayan; film shown. Details given on terrorist incident in west bank town of Nablus, in which hand grenade is thrown into Israeli tour bus carrying West German Protestant group working in Israel to atone for Nazi war crimes against Jews. Film shown.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Pierpoint, Robert;
Simon, Bob

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