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Mideast Developments / Peace Talks #262339

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 28, 1979
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(Studio) Controversy over alleged statements by Israeli foreign minister Moshe Dayan to closed parliamentary meeting noted. Person at meeting reported to have told Israel reporter Bob Simon that Dayan quoted President Carter as saying that if successful Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty not reached in 10 days, United States will reassess its Mideast policy. Other alleged comments by Dayan stated. Denials that Carter gave such ultimatum by White House and Israeli embassy in DC mentioned. Dayan's later statement to Simon cited. President Carter's indication that differences between Egypt and Israel are insignificant, in address to nation's govs., noted. Menahem Begin's reply reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Tel Aviv, Israel) [BEGIN - disagrees with Carter. Says issues remaining with regard to Israeli security.] Prime minister's statement that United States mainly supports Egypt's position, which Israelis believe has become more extreme, given. Cairo's items of discussion during foreign mins.' conference at Camp David last wk. listed. Dayan's comments about apparent attitude toward peace in Arab world quoted. Anwar Sadat's Jerusalem trip in 1977 mentioned.

(Studio) Report on Egypt's view of treaty situation.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Alexandria, Egypt) Egyptian Prime Min. Mustafa Khalil's stated agreement with President Carter with regard to progress at Camp David and disagreement with Begin over alleged new demands by Egypt reported [KHALIL - says Egypt has presented nothing new or contrary to Camp David accords. Doesn't think talks can fail if Begin is reasonable enough to study them.] Sadat's attitude about talks described; his expectations of receive call from Carter after talks with Begin noted. [KHALIL - comments.]
REPORTER: Bert Quint

(Studio) Outlook for Begin's Washington, DC visit with Carter given.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) President's remarks on Mideast developments at White House dinner for nation's govs. reported [CARTER - describes possibilities of breakdown in talks, with Sadat going back into Arab fold.] United States agreement to hold Carter-Begin talks at White House instead of Camp David noted.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Quint, Bert;
Simon, Bob

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