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Mideast Developments / Planes Sales / Wisconsin Truck Sales #257855

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 16, 1978
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(Studio) Report on reactions to Senator approval of President Carter's proposed Mideast plane sales; statements from Israel, with regard to inclusion of Egypt and Saudi Arabia in deal, quoted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Details given concerning reaction in Israel to Senator's defeat of Israeli and American Jewish lobby. [BEGIN - says decision will harm position of Arab states that are in state of war with Israel, but Israel wants peace and will do whatever possible to promote it.] Israeli military officials' position noted that fighter plane sales to Arabs makes giving up Israeli-occupied air bases in Sinai, as President Sadat has demanded, difficult.
REPORTER: Joel Bernstein

(Studio) Saudi Arabian reaction to Senate vote reported Film shown of Saudi foreign min. Prince Saud al-Faisal in Los Angeles. [Alabama-FAISAL - talks of long-range effects of sale on United States-Saudi relations] Egyptian reaction described; President Sadat's comments quoted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Cairo, Egypt) Secretary Vance's notification of Egyptians about vote, just after outcome, reported; meeting between United States ambassador Hermann F. Eilts and Egyptian foreign minister Mohammed Ibrahim Kamel detailed. Effect of plane sale on leftist Arab criticism of Sadat peace initiative and view of Egyptians that vote is defeat for Zionist lobby examined.
REPORTER: Doug Sefton

(Studio) Phone calls to American Jewish leaders, to assure them of continued United States commitment to Israel, by President Carter, Vice President Mondale and other administration officials noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Admin. statement of no policy change toward Israel and views of some Senators that this may not be so, in light of growing important of Saudi oil and of Sadat peace initiative, outlined. [Senator Frank CHURCH - thinks there has been policy change.] [Senator Edmund MUSKIE - thinks there's been change, but not turning away from Israel.] [Senator John TOWER - doesn't think there's been change; cites reasons.] Question of effect of sales on peace process noted. [CHURCH - is afraid it will have chilling effect by making Israelis less secure. Thinks it will be symbol to Saudis of ultimate triumph of oil weapon.] [MUSKIE - says Senator has only indicated that all Mideast ptys. must be involved in peace process and that moderates must prevail.] [Secretary VANCE - states that United States commitment to Israel is fundamental and unchanged. Thinks Senator made right decision and hopes bruises from it will soon heal.]
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Libya's notoriety as training ground for Palestinian and other terrorists and amount of business Libya does in United States noted. Federal government's cancellation of business deal with Libya, leaving Wisconsin town upset, reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Oshkosh, Wisconsin) Order from Libya for sizeable sale of trucks by Oshkosh (Wisconsin) Truck Company and expected effects of sale for company and town outlined. Necessity for Commerce Department to approve all such sales noted. [Company spokesperson Jerry YOCHUM - cites repeated assurances of approval to export vehicles and company reliance on approval.] Commerce's knowledge that trucks to be used by Libyan army, it's approval reported to Oshkosh company 3 times in last year and final rejection of deal by Commerce, after State Department reviewed it, examined. Govt. position with regard to truck sales given. [Commerce Department spokesperson Stanley MARCUSS - notes Department decision to look more closely at items sold to Libyan military, due to incrd. military activity in region and general support for terrorism.] [Company spokesperson Charles HULSEBOSCH - says if government didn't want sales, company should have been told before signing contracts.] [Assembler Harvey RISTOW - cites effect of Commerce decision on company, workers and town.] [Assembler Jack KRUG - says State and Commerce Depts. don't know what other is doing.] [Oshkosh city manager William FRUEH - notes several federal grants now underway in city to help economy; says it just doesn't add up that government would frustrate city this way.] Possible lawsuit against Commerce Department by Oshkosh Truck Company noted; Libya's expected truck order from European company mentioned.

Bernstein, Joel;
Cronkite, Walter;
Faw, Bob;
Kalb, Marvin;
Sefton, Doug

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