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Mideast Developments #260145

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 23, 1979
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(Studio) Exchange of fire across Lebanon border between Israelis and Palestinians noted. Details given. Report said cleared by Israeli censors.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Kiryat Shmona, Israel) Details given about crossfire and Israeli position on continued Palestinian presence in south Lebanon. Present conditions compared to those just prior to Israeli invasion of south Lebanon in 1978; failure of United Nations troops and Mideast peace talks to change situation noted. Defense minister Ezer Weizman's announcement with regard to shelling of sites where civilians reside in Lebanon and further comments on subject by another Israeli official stated.

(Studio) Lebanon's request to United Nations Security Council for pressure on Israel to halt shellings noted. Speculation that Palestinian shelling was beginning of retaliation for bombing death in Beirut of top PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) official Ali Hassan Salameh reported; PLO's charge that Israel is responsible stated. Status of Egyptian-Israeli peace talks given. Possible Israeli cabinet approval of United States compromise plan for resumption of peace talks and American envoy Alfred Atherton's potential trip to Cairo cited.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Simon, Bob

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