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Mideast Developments / Lebanon / Egypt and American Jews #259039

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jul 06, 1978
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(Studio) Contd. fighting between Lebanese Christians and Syrians in Beirut noted. Possibility of Israel's intervention on behalf of Christians, in return for Christians' aid in ridding south Lebanon of Palestinians, stated. Reports that Syrians and Christians have agreed to ceasefire mentioned. Lebanese President Elias Sarkis' threat to resign unless both sides stop fighting reported.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Tel Aviv, Israel) [Israeli spokesperson Eliahu BEN ELISSAR - says government will consider steps to be taken to ensure that Lebanese Christians aren't eliminated.] [Israeli military intelligence chief General Shlomo GAZIT - states Israeli view of Syrian-Christian war in Lebanon. Mentions concerns about Syrian-dominated Lebanon.] Israeli report that Americans transmitted message from Jerusalem to Damascus that Israel will take measures to prevent Syrian takeover of Lebanon noted.

(Studio) Today's battle in Beirut described.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Beirut, Lebanon) Report on attempts by some Christians to leave Beirut across bridge under Syrian sniper fire.
REPORTER: Doug Tunnell

(Studio) Report on United States efforts to head off Israeli intervention in Lebanon.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) United States failure to get emergency meeting of United Nations Security Council convened to demand ceasefire reported Calls for ceasefire by President Carter, United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim and Pope John Paul noted. State Department spokesperson Hodding Carter's statements on situation given. Concern that Syrian presence in Lebanon is no longer in peacekeeping sort of occupying force outlined.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Report on plans by American Jews for peace in Mideast; plans involve Egypt and are by those who traveled with Vice President Mondale on trip last week
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) American Jews' discussion of ways to give aid to Egypt if peace reached. Proposal by some American Jews accompanying Mondale to talk to Egyptians during Mondale's meeting with President Sadat in Alexandria stated; opposition by others and decision to drop idea to avoid fight over it noted. Ideas detailed. [Attorney Max KAMPELMAN - talked with Sadat during Egyptian pres.'s Washington, DC visit and discussed possibility of joint projects with him.] Envisionment of some Americans of alliance of Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan to keep stability in area detailed. Efforts by some American Jews to raise money to restore Cairo Museum, by holding dances around theme of King Tut exhibit, cited. Congress funds for joint projects mentioned.
REPORTER: Jed Duvall

Duvall, Jed;
Kalb, Marvin;
Mudd, Roger;
Simon, Bob;
Tunnell, Doug

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