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Mideast / Israel-Lebanon Conflict #278467

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jul 23, 1981
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(Studio) Continued tension between Israelis and Palestinians in south noted; Israeli Prime Min. Menahem Begin reported denying that he has scuttled peace efforts. White House said apparently backing off from yesterday's strong criticism of Begin administration
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and deputy Secretary of State William Clark recalled criticizing Begin yesterday; Chief of Staff James Baker's claim that both men were spking. for themselves quoted on screen. [Pentagon spokesperson Henry CATTO - considers Defense Secretary misunderstood.] [Secretary of State Alexander HAIG - declines comment on Weinberger's remarks.] [REAGAN - considers situation optimistic.] Baker and press aide Larry Speakes noted both reading sections of 1952 US-Israel agreement with regard to Israel's use of US weapons; Begin's interpretation of defensive action mentioned.
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Dilemma posed by Israeli issue by its supporters in Congress examined; Senators Howard Baker, Robert Byrd, Representative Thomas O'Neill, Senator Henry Jackson noted declining comment. [Senator Alan SIMPSON, Rudy BOSCHWITZ, Alan CRANSTON - discuss situation.] Probable impact of current crisis on Senator's consideration of AWACS sales to Saudi Arabia mentioned.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(Studio) Today's air strikes by Israel described.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(S. Lebanon) Fighting's impact on Palestinian family living north of Tyre examined; family named `in report Films shown. Israeli air strikes on Rachidiye, Nabatiye and Beaufort Castle discussed.
REPORTER: Larry Pintak

Jones, Phil;
Pierpoint, Robert;
Pintak, Larry;
Rather, Dan

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