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Mideast Arms Sales #257592

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 28, 1978
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(Studio) Sale of jet fighters to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel said major controversy for Carter administration Carter stance with regard to its being all-or-nothing deal considered.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Film from April 25, 1978 news conference shown. [CARTER - looks at deal as package] Different emphasis noted in Cyrus Vance remarks with regard to sale, as proposal goes to Congress [VANCE - recognizes Congress wish to review each sale separately; notes President obligation to review congress action.] Votes for all 3 sales said thought possible. Frank Church said pleased with turn of events. [CHURCH - notes modification of preconditioned package stance. Speaks of 3 sales.] Reaction against strong Israeli lobbying campaign against sale to Arabs noted. Film shown of planting of tree donated by Lebanese on White House grounds. [CARTER - notes unwarranted recent suffering of Lebanon; recalls deaths and refugees there.] Reference to Lebanese casualties predicted to cause problems when Menahem Begin visits United States of America next week
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

Cronkite, Walter;
Schieffer, Bob

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