CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 18, 1978
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(Studio) Little movement noted by Sadat and Begin in agreements beyond Sinai accord and Begin's proposal with regard to west bank. Begin's agreement to take issue of Israeli settlements in Sinai to his parliament reported to be major change. His statement that he won't lobby for withdrawal of settlements given. Interview with Begin shown. [BEGIN - will possibly refrain from taking part in debate at all so he won't influence decision. Responds to question about his refusal to lobby for settlements' withdrawal.] American statement of Sunday night apparently suggesting moratorium on west bank settlements mentioned. [BEGIN - says Israelis didn't agree to halt settlements during 5-yr. negotiating period, but agreed to suspend them for 3-mo. period of negotiations with Egypt on peace treaty. Denies that he gave promise that Israeli troops on west bank would go into garrison areas; discusses this.] Begin's differences with Sadat over meaning of autonomy for west bank Palestinians reported [BEGIN - states view of autonomy for west bank and Gaza Palestinians and of continued Israeli military presence to insure security from PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) takeover in area. Gives Israeli position on Jerusalem; says it was established by King David as capital of country and of Jewish people.] Anchor asks when Sadat and Begin again decided to be friends. [BEGIN - says it was during 1st, 3-hr. meeting] Camp David agreements cited as working towards solutions to Egyptian-Israeli differences, leaving other Arab issues unsolved. Question to President Sadat about separate Egyptian-Israeli peace mentioned. [SADAT - denies that he's made such separate settlement. Notes document with regard to west bank and Gaza Strip, i.e., Palestinian question, and says he insisted on that.] Egyptian President's statements about important of King Hussen's participation in negotiations from this point on reported [SADAT - describes Hussein's contact with Sadat aide in London with message that Jordanian king ready to resume responsibilities towards west bank. Doesn't know if Hussein will take responsibilities or will waiver, but will be contacting him on return to Cairo.] Anchor asks about future if Israeli parliament refuses agreement to prior withdrawal of settlements in Sinai. [SADAT - doesn't want this to be taken as ultimatum, but has explained position to President Carter. Describes Carter and says if it were not for him, summit would have collapsed, as it nearly did on Friday Says every issue collapsed then and there came moment when he collected papers and bags in preparation for leaving; talked with Carter for 15 minutes. Reports that any problem can be solved by talking with Carter for 15 mins.] Sadat's statement that there's little chance for Sinai agreement if settlements not withdrawn reported United States officials' reported that agreements don't call for American military involvement in carrying them out noted. Begin's statements that United States has agreed to build 2 air bases in Israel in place of 2 Israeli air fields in Sinai mentioned. Reporter Ike Pappas' quote of defense sources with regard to cost of bases and details about them, as well as other reports of remarks from defense sources given; Defense Secretary Harold Brown's potential trip to Mideast in January stated.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite