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Mid. East / Joint US-USSR Statement / Reaction #46354

ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 03, 1977
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(Studio) During Ford administration, United States policy was to keep USSR out of Mid. East policy, but over wkend., United States and USSR issue joint communique with regard to Mid. East, incl. statement with regard to rights of Palestinians. Israeli government reaction to communique noted. In DC, criticism comes from George Meany and Senators Henry Jackson and Robert Dole. American Jewish community also in uproar.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) White House says United States policy towards Israel hasn't changed, but this isn't way prominent Jewish Americans see it. Catherine Mackin talks with American Jewish Committee spokesperson Hyman Bookbinder. [BOOKBINDER - thinks United States policy appears to be that 2 major powers will decide what is best for Mid. East. Thinks it's major political blunder for Carter administration] In NYC, Secretary State Vance tells reporter Barrie Dunsmore that declaration is intended to promote peaceful settlement, but not at Israel's expense. [VANCE - was disappointed at some reactions to statement, because there are positive things, from Israeli standpoint, in it. Says embrasure of Palestinians' rights isn't new stand for US, but same as has been there all along.] White House aide notes today that administration still doesn't favor imposed Mid. East settlement, will have nothing to do with PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) unless it changes ways, and doesn't favor separate Palestinian state. However, these remarks don't help attitude of Israelis and United States supporters.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

Donaldson, Sam;
Walters, Barbara

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