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Lebanon / Massacre #285971

CBS Evening News for Monday, Sep 20, 1982
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(Studio) (Temporary loss of audio) International reaction to recent massacre in Beirut, Lebanon, include holding Israel responsible for not preventing it, noted; Egypt reported recalling its ambassador to Israel today. Films shown.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) President Reagan's decision to return United States Marines to Beirut at request of Lebanese government examined; White House photograph shown. [REAGAN - announces decision to reform new multintl. force with Italy and France.] Recent departure of Marines from Lebanon recalled; Israeli cabinet noted expected to give its approval. Limitations placed on Marines outlined on screen. [REAGAN - warns Israel to withdraw from west Beirut.] Issue of Israeli cooperation with peacekeeping force considered.
REPORTER: Bill Plante

(DC) Congress reaction to decision examined. [Senator Henry JACKSON - considers decision a mistake.] [Representative Paul FINDLEY - agrees; anticipates Vietnam-like quagmire in Lebanon.] [Senator Claiborne PELL - thinks Prime Min. Menahem Begin is dangerous.] Call for immediate arms embargo on Israel discussed.
REPORTER: Phil Jones

(Studio) Terrorist organization said claiming responsibility for massacre; details given.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Beirut, Lebanon) Massacre's aftermath examined; films shown. Atmosphere in refugee camps and psychological toll on residents discussed. Israel's knowledge of killings prior to halting them and their allowing right-wing Christian militia unit to enter area considered.
REPORTER: Doug Tunnell

(Studio) Anti-government demonstrations in Israel reported, shown.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Reaction here to multintl. force's return and massacre in general examined; films shown. [Opposition leader Shimon PERES - calls for Begin's and defense minister Ariel Sharon's resignations; considers them responsible for massacre.] Anti-government criticism by public outlined; senior government officials response mentioned. Communications minister Mordechai Zippori noted passing along reports of atrocities Friday; military official said conceding army knowledge of massacre on Thursday [Deputy foreign minister Yehuda Ben-MEIR - claims to have been caught off-guard.] Questions remaining unanswered considered. Lebanese and Israeli military officials said denying involvement of Christian militia leader Major Saad Haddad. [HADDAD - denies involvement in massacre.]

(Studio) Anchor and reporter discuss Israel's perception of United States Marines' ineffectualness in Beirut, impact of crisis on Israel.
REPORTER: Dan Rather, Bob Faw

(Studio) Seriousness of Egypt's recall of ambassador from Israel noted. Cairo's explanation quoted. USSR President Leonid Brezhnev, in letter to President Reagan, said laying partial blame for atrocity on United States; details given. Probability that Amin Gemayel will be elected Lebanon's new president tomorrow noted; Gemayel mentioned brother of assassinated president-elect Bashir Gemayel.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Faw, Bob;
Jones, Phil;
Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan;
Tunnell, Doug

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