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Mideast / Lebanon Crisis / United States and Arafat #288095

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 21, 1983
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(Studio) Two bombings targeting United States and French soldiers in Beirut, Lebanon, reported.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Beirut, Lebanon) Details of both bombings given.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Studio) Israeli air raid over Lebanon's Bekaa Valley noted; Israel's report of hits on terrorist camp near Baalbek cited. Reports from Israel that Iran-backed Shiite Muslims use camp for attacks stated. United States Marines said to concentrate on things other than being away from home at Christmas.
REPORTER: Larry Pintak

(Beirut, Lebanon) Improved security measures in Marine compound at Beirut airport noted. Denial that improvements are due to critical House report with regard to earlier attack there stated. [Marine Captain Wayne JONES - comments.] Mail and Christmas presents being received by Marines described. [MARINE - comments.] [Chaplain Commander Kevin ANDERSON - comments.]
REPORTER: Sandy Gilmour

(Studio) Incrd. security at White House described; film shown. Possible United States treatment of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat outlined. Arafat's arrival in Egypt aboard Greek ship and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's willingness to meet with Arafat reported.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) United States policy options toward Arafat outlined. Arafat's options, going to Damascus to make peace with Syria or to Amman to join in President Reagan's peace plan with King Hussein of Jordan, noted. Reagan plan noted to contain provision for Palestinian state on West Bank under Jordan rule. Shift in United States position with regard to Arafat stated. Film from 11/11/83 shown. [Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - doesn't think PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) has importance in broad strategic sense.] Mtg. between Reagan and Egyptian foreign minister Kamal Hassan Ali noted. [ALI - comments.] Israel's opposition to Arafat and to Reagan peace plan stated.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

Reporter(s):
Gilmour, Sandy;
Pintak, Larry;
Rather, Dan;
Stahl, Lesley
Duration:
00:06:20

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