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Middle East / Lebanon / Israel vs. Hizballah / Diplomacy #406411

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Apr 18, 1996
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(Studio: Ralph Begleiter) Report introduced.

(Kiryat Shmona, in northern Israel: Walter Rodgers) Reports that Hizballah launched rockets just 300 yards from the Lebanese refugees at the United Nations post that was shelled by Israeli artillery fire outlined; scenes shown. [UN spokesman Timor GOKSEL - notes the Hizballah rocket fire.] [Israeli foreign minister Ehud BARAK - blames Hizballah for the series of events.] The presence of more Israeli armored vehicles in the buffer zone in Lebanon noted and shown.

(Studio: Ralph Begleiter) The diplomatic maneuvering in the Middle East examined; report that Secretary of State Warren Christopher telephoned Israel, Lebanon and the foreign minister of Syria about reestablishing a cease-fire in southern Lebanon noted. [President CLINTON - says Christopher is being sent to the region.] [BARAK - comments on the US position.] The belief that Syria holds the key to settling the Israel- Hizballah hostilities noted. Interview held with Israeli ambassador to the US Itamar Rabinovich about the latest developments in southern Lebanon and the prospects for a cease-fire. [RABINOVICH - says Syria must be willing to exert influence over Hizballah to comply with the cease-fire; explains why Iran is not a legitimate partner to peace in the Middle East; outlines a two-phase cease-fire that would satisfy Israel; agrees that the problem is how to get Hizballah to comply with a cease-fire.]

Begleiter, Ralph;
Rodgers, Walter

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