ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 04, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter goes to New York City to speak at UN, putting pressure on Mid. East ntns. to make peace. Controversy grows with regard to whether there's been change in United States policy toward Israel.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(New York City) Carter greeted by Mayor Abraham Beame and Representative Ed Koch, running for mayor in November election Koch gives President letter, charging Israel being abandoned by United States; as Koch presents letter, Jody Powell moves in front of cameras, but Koch had alerted media with regard to letter. At UN, President is boycotted by South Africa and Albania. Carter speech ranges across world problems, include nuclear weapons and Mid. East. Carter tries to reassure Israel, but repeats stand with regard to rights of Palestinians. [CARTER - says good faith negotiations will require acceptance of rights and interests of all involved. Cites what this means in terms of Israel, Arabs and Palestinians. Affirms United States commitment to Israel's security, but that Palestinian rights must be recognized; also pledges no outside-imposed settlement.] Despite statement of no imposed settlement, other administration stands put pressure on Mid. East ntns. to reach settlement, with most pressure on Israel. Later, Carter meets with Egyptian foreign minister Ismail Fahmy, who gives President message from Anwar Sadat; details not released, but Carter says it's positive. In evening, President will meet with Israeli foreign minister Moshe Dayan.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(Studio) President has appointment with Mayor Beame on Wednesday; Beame lost earlier in fall in bid for reelection, but has been learned Carter has federal post in mind for him.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters