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Mideast Developments #259758

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Sep 28, 1978
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(Studio) Echo of President Carter's optimism about Mideast peace treaty by potential signer reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Prime Min. Begin's remarks about prospects for peace with Egypt, at gathering in Tel Aviv, noted. Drafting of treaty at Camp David mentioned. [BEGIN - says it should be no more than few weeks at most before documents are signed and published.] Details of debate in Knesset given; vote listed. Sinai settlements removal reported approved by parliament in order to have treaty with Egypt. [BEGIN - says this will be turning point in Mideast history.] United States Mideast envoy Alfred Atherton's crossing of bridge into Israel from Jordan, where he'd met with King Hussein, stated. Atherton's upcoming mtgs. with Begin and west bank mayors mentioned. Defense minister Weizman's upcoming trip to Egypt cited.

(Studio) Lack of immediate comment from President Sadat noted. Report of sources in Cairo to correspondent Doug Sefton that treaty talks could be completed just before Jewish high holiday, Yom Kippur, stated.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Studio) Congress conference committee conditional approval of foreign aid to Syria reported Necessity for President to certify that money would help Mideast peace efforts stated. House and Senator must now ratify bill. President Carter's press conference discussion of situation in Lebanon noted. Contd. fighting in Beirut between Lebanese Christians and Syrian army forces mentioned.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Simon, Bob

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