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Mideast Plane Sales #257836

CBS Evening News for Monday, May 15, 1978
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(Studio) Activity in Senate as vote on President Carter's Mideast plane sales package nears noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Report on last day of debate in Senate before vote taken on plane sales. Issues of Saudi need for United States planes, growing USSR and Cuban influence in area and chances for Mideast peace outlined. [Senator George McGOVERN - cites reasons for support of plane sales.] [Senator Frank CHURCH - feels sale of planes to Egypt and Saudi Arabia will mean Israel will hold to occupied territory it feels important to its security. Thinks chances for peace have been dealt blow.] Upcoming vote noted; confidence of administration lobbyists that they will win stated.
REPORTER: Phil Jones Artist: Arthur Lien

(Studio) Necessity for House to vote down jet sale also in order for it to be completely killed, should Senate vote against it, reported Issue of Mideast bal. of power after plane sales outlined.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Examination of present balance of power in Mideast and what it would be if plane sales goes thru. Defense Department film shown. Potential for strikes against Israel with Egypt getting F-5E's and Saudis getting F-15's outlined; Saudi bases mentioned. Pentagon conclusions with regard to balance of power in Mideast stated.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

Cronkite, Walter;
Jones, Phil;
Pappas, Ike

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