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Syria / Israel #277142

CBS Evening News for Monday, May 18, 1981
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(Studio) Philip Habib's efforts to solve missile crisis in Lebanon discussed.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Damascus, Syria) Habib's return from Saudi Arabia reported Criticism of Habib noted. Habib's Syrian efforts detailed. Spokesperson for President Hafez al-Assad quoted.
REPORTER: Don Kladstrup

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Israeli view of negotiations given. Both sides said seeking to avoid war. United States warships in area noted; also USSR warships. Habib credited with defusing situation by convincing Menahem Begin not to attack. [BEGIN - calls Saudi Arabia corrupt, weak; cites Iran.] Border scenes shown.

(Studio) Heavy fighting near Beirut reported.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Kladstrup, Don;
Rather, Dan;
Simon, Bob

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