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TWA 847 Hijacking #304376

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 26, 1985
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(Studio) Possible breakthrough in Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) 847 hijacking and hostage crisis reported coming with Shiite leader Nabih Berri's proposal to transfer captives to W. embassy's custody.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Larnaca, Cyprus) Release of hostage Jimmy Dell Palmer due to health featured; films shown. [PALMER - discusses terrorists' religious fanaticism, his lack of political knowledge about region; sends message to family.] [Sammie PALMER - comments on husband's release.] [PALMER - describes his release.]
REPORTER: Richard Roth

(Studio) Options under consideration by Israel regarding Berri's latest proposal reported.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Israel) Significance of Israeli cabinet meeting tonight on plan dubbed the Syrian proposal considered; Prime Min. Shimon Peres reported agreeing to free Shiite prisoners as part of deal.
REPORTER: Don McNeill, Dan Rather

(DC) White House blackout on news about crisis described. [State Department spokesperson Edward DJEREJIAN - calls for prompt release of hostages.] [Senator Robert DOLE - will honor blackout.] [Senator Richard LUGAR - is encouraged.] Role of Syrian President Hafez al-Assad in current negotiations considered. [Georgetown Univ. spokesperson Michael HUDSON - considers Assad's pol. motives for helping.] Possibility of hostage families meeting with President mentioned.
REPORTER: Bill Plante

(Studio) Admin.'s opposition to transferring hostages to any embassy in Beirut, preferring Damascus instead, explained.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Beirut, Lebanon) [PALMER - reacts to leaving.] [BERRI - announces willingness to relocate hostages to West embassy here or to Damascus; remarks transcribed on screen.] Israel's recent release of some Shiites recalled; possible role of Assad in apparent breakthrough explained, discussed. His opposition to PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) presence in Lebanon noted; USSR thought encouraging crisis' end in effort to have United States Sixth Fleet withdrawn. [Voice of Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) crew member Philip MARESCA - hope for freedom soon; remarks transcribed on screen.]
REPORTER: Bill Redeker

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(London, England) Similarities and differences between current TWA hostage crisis and Iranian crisis examined; Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) terrorists said inspired by Ayatollah Khomeini. [Lebanese journalist Kassem JAFAR - explains Hizballah's origins, reverence for Khomeini.] [Mideast expert Abbas KELIDAR - discusses Shiite psyche.]
REPORTER: Tom Fenton

Reporter(s):
McNeill, Don;
Fenton, Tom;
Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan;
Redeker, Bill;
Roth, Richard
Duration:
00:11:10

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