ABC Evening News for Monday, Mar 24, 1975
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(Studio) Secretary of State Henry Kissinger fails to negotiate 2nd Sinai disengagement agreement between Israel and Egypt; possible repercussions outlined. United States must reassess entire Mid. E. policy.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) 21 congress leaders hear Kissinger and President Ford discuss possibility of reviving peace effort. [Senator Mike MANSFIELD - announces United States reassessment of Mid. E. policy. Hopes Mid. E. temporary failure not permanent.] Kissinger testifies before Senate Foreign Relations Committee in afternoon. [KISSINGER - says United States not engaged in punitive action by reviewing Mid. E. policy.] Spokesperson for State Department hints degree of United States support for Israel may lessen.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel
(Studio) Ted Koppel analyzes possible reasons for failure of this particular shuttle diplomacy.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Elements for settlement present. [On December 4, 1974, Egyptian President Anwar SADAT - says Egypt ready for peace agreement with Israel.] [On Feb. 7, 1975, Israeli Prime Min. Itzhak RABIN - promises to return 2 key mtn. passes and oil field if Egypt to sign proclamation of nonbelligerency.] Israeli cabinet refused to accept anything less than declaration of nonbelligerency. [In late February, RABIN - says his government responsible for fate of cntry.; Israel to depend on itself &use its best judgement with regard to withdrawal from Sinai.] Kissinger believes United States commitment to Israel subject to serious erosion over next few years
REPORTER: Ted Koppel
(Studio) President Sadat's refusal to give in to Israel's demands raises his stock in rest of Arab world. Israelis rptdly. rally around Prime Min. Rabin following breakdown in negotiations.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
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