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Mideast / USSR -Israel Relations / Lebanon Truce Report #301489

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 26, 1985
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(Studio) Indications of USSR consideration of establishing diplomatic relations with Israel noted. Implications for Mideast peace and for Soviet Jews trying to emigrate cited.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Tel Aviv, Israel) USSR recalled breaking off relations with Israel after 1967 war; scenes shown. Report from American Jewish leader with regard to remarks of Soviet diplomacy cited. [Simon Weisenthal Center spokesperson Rabbi Marvin HIER - comments.] Remarks from Israeli spokesperson reported [Prime Min. Shimon PERES - comments on potential for Soviet recognition.] Importance of possible Soviet recognition noted in light of increase tension between Israel and Syria; reasons stated and scenes shown. Hope by Israelis for change in policy by USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev, before his trip to Washington, DC in 1986, noted. United States Congress stance on Soviet human rights record in relationship to trade issues stated.

(Studio) Peres' statement with regard to Syrian military movement into Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, reported Possibility of new peace agreement among Shiite, Druse and Christian forces in Lebanon noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Rather, Dan;
Simon, Bob

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