CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 18, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Beirut, Lebanon) Shiite leader Nabih Berri's release of 3 Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) 847 hostages, taken with others during recent hijacking, featured; films shown. Apparent reactions of Demis Roussos, Pamela Smith and Arthur Targontsidis to their release described. [ROUSSOS - praises captors.] [BERRI - threatens United States regarding intervention with Israel to meet terrorists' demands; remarks transcribed on screen; explains his role in hostages' captivity.] Questionable status of plane's crew explained; United States impotence in crisis noted illustrated by naval presence off Lebanon's coast. USS New Jersey's shelling of Beirut environs thought catalyst to incrd. anti-American sentiment here.
REPORTER: Larry Pintak
(Studio) White House condemnation of continued captivity of remaining hostages noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) United States ambassador to Lebanon Reginald Bartholomew, under instructions from President Reagan, reported telling Berri Israel won't release Shiite prisoners until Americans are freed. [Voice of REAGAN - expresses condolences to mother of slain passenger Robert Stethem.] [Patricia STETHEM - responds.] [REAGAN - declines comment on release of 3 hostages today.] Press spokesperson Larry Speakes quoted on screen regarding piecemeal release of hostages; Speakes said denying White House had asked Red Cross to negotiate release of Shiite prisoners with Israel. [Representatives Judd GREGG, Jim WRIGHT - call for retaliation, express support for admin.'s handling of crisis, respectively.] Admin. said now agreeing with Israel's position; details given.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl
(Tel Aviv, Israel) Reaction in Israel to Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) hijacking and hostage crisis featured; films shown. [PEOPLE - consider crisis a United States problem, oppose giving in to terrorism.] Prime Min. Shimon Peres' government said feeling it's being manipulated by US; Secretary of State George Shultz's reported opposition to Israeli military action should plane land there cited as example [Mil. correspondent Ze'ev SCHIFF - thinks United States is pressuring Israel to negotiate with terrorists; opposes United States using Red Cross to push Israel into negotiations.] Recent Israeli exchange of Arab prisoners for 3 Israeli soldiers said now perceived as mistake. [Former intelligence chief Aharon YARIV - believes prisoner exchange weakened government's credibility in dealing with terrorism.] Irony involved in terrorists' demand for Shiite prisoner release by Israel explained.
REPORTER: Don McNeill