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Israel / Rabin Resignation #48472

ABC Evening News for Friday, Apr 08, 1977
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(Studio) Confusion caused by Rabin resignation as Labor Party head in Israel.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Party to meet Sunday to choose Rabin successor. Mtg. of Rabin and defense minister Shimon Peres, noted. [PERES - says it's nature of government to have crises, to resolve them and be stronger.] Peres considered hardliner with regard to giving land back to Palestinians; says there'll be no major change in Israeli policy. Another possible successor is foreign minister Yigal Allon. [ALLON - says party's success in election important.] Allon expected to have backing of Golda Meir. Opposition party sees trouble for labor. [MAN - comments on scandal and its results on Labor party]
REPORTER: Bill Seamans

(Studio) Reason for resignation is Rabin bank account in DC, begun when Rabin amb. to United States and continued after return to Israel.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) Account discovered during trip of Rabin and wife to Washington, DC earlier in year While Rabin talked with United States leaders, Mrs. Rabin went to bank. Account discovered by Israel reporter Dan Margalit. [MARGALIT - cites method used to uncover account.] Details with regard to account and why it broke law noted. Margalit compared, in Israel, to reporters who uncovered Watergate in United States. [MARGALIT - says scandal not as big as Watergate and Rabin took only 3 wks. to resign.]
REPORTER: Charles Gibson

(Studio) Effect of resignation on Mid. East peace prospects is of concern now.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Carter's statements today are warning to Israeli government to keep internal turmoil from delaying Geneva conference with Arabs. Peres' reputation as hawk with regard to Israeli-occupied territory and Palestinians noted.
REPORTER: John Scali

Gibson, Charles;
Reasoner, Harry;
Scali, John;
Seamans, Bill;
Walters, Barbara

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