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Jordan / Military Weapons / United States / Middle East Perspective #37492

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 06, 1975
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(Studio) There are reports of new United States weapons commitment to Jordan, but administration says move doesn't indicate change in Mid. E. policy.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Admin. says its reassessments of Mid. E. policies not complete, yet Jordan's King Hussein leaves Washington, DC with United States commitment for air defense system for Jordan. Israeli officials furious over move. Israel also troubled by mil. infusions to Egypt and Syria. On surface, United States reassessment appears to be weighted rather heavily against Israelis, but new American policy not emerging as prominently as new atmosphere for negotiations of Egyptian-Israeli agreement. Israeli officials now ready to discuss pullback from nearly 1/2 Sinai. Rptdly., President Ford to give Israelis new gesture of support by time Israeli Prime Min. Itzhak Rabin arrives in DC June 11. By then, President Ford will have met with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. [Secretary of State Henry KISSINGER - says United States definitely not tilting toward Arabs.]
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

Koppel, Ted;
Reasoner, Harry

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