CNN Evening News for Thursday, May 07, 1998
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(Studio: Bernard Shaw) Report introduced.
(White House: Eileen O'Connor) The status of Middle East peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians featured. [President CLINTON - says envoy Dennis Ross is going back to Israel.] [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NETANYAHU, Palestinian Authority president Yasir ARAFAT - state their views on what is needed for peace.] [In United States Information Agency video, CLINTON - backs a state for Palestinians.] [White House press secretary Michael McCURRY - restates the United States positions.] [NETANYAHU - comes out against a Palestinian state.]
(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Interviews held with Palestinian cabinet member Hanan Ashrawi. [ASHRAWI - says American policy has to assert itself for peace to come; states that Israel is playing for time and is procrastinating by refusing to accept the United States ideas while confiscating more land; says the Palestinians have accepted a Washington meeting, but the peace process waits for the Israeli response.]
(Studio: Bernard Shaw) Interview held with Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations Malcolm Hoenlein about the Middle East. [HOENLEIN - says Israel is asking the Palestinian Authority to live up to its agreements; comments on the United States role in the peace process, the issue of Israeli security, Hillary Clinton's statement on a Palestinian state; admits that this week is a critical moment in the peace.]