CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 15, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Reagan administration's decision to open diplomacy dialogue with PLO discussed; President-elect George Bush mentioned. Report introduced.
(Tel Aviv, Israel: Bob Simon) Ambassador Thomas Pickering shown meeting with Israel's Prime Min. Yitzhak Shamir and foreign minister Shimon Peres with regard to United States-PLO relations [PERES - comments.] Camp David agreement in 1978 recalled. [Knesset member Benjamin BEGIN - expresses anger with regard to United States policy shift.] [Cabinet min. Ezer WEIZMAN - notes important of situation.] Palestinians in occupied territories shown celebrating United States action. [Palestinian leader Said KANAAN, Palestinian Academic Society spokesperson Mahdi Abdul HADI - comment on uprising.] Shamir's plan to stop uprising outlined.
(DC: Wyatt Andrews) [REAGAN - guarantees safety of Israel.] [Israeli Radio spokesperson Shimon SCHIEFFER - comments on meeting with Secretary of State George Shultz.] [BUSH - comments on situation.] [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - comments on PLO's stance on terrorism.] Reagan administration's caution in recognizing PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat's position noted. [Institution for Near E. Policy spokesperson Martin INDYK - comments.] Sources noted asserting that administration has made PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) more respectable.