ABC Evening News for Friday, May 13, 1977
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(Studio) Beirut, Lebanon, newspaper reports Arab leaders have been presented Mid. East peace plan by President Carter. Egypt's President Anwar Sadat says he's received message from Carter but hasn't had time to study it. White House denies submission of peace plan and spokesperson says he's unfamiliar with message to Sadat. Golan Heights conts. to be hotly disputed part of peace negotiations.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(Golan Heights, Israeli-occupied territory) Report on Golan Heights before and after 1967 war, with Syria driven out of area. Now Austrians and Iranian forces man United Nations disengagement line at Quneitra. Israelis took Heights in 1967 because Syrians continued to fire onto farms between Heights and Sea of Galilee, and also for fear Syria would divert Jordan River from flowing to area. Mil. readiness apparent on both sides; Israelis don't intend to be surprised again as in 1973 war. Mil. preparations and development of kibbutzes in area noted. [Kibbutz Kfar Harub secretary Ronnie HORWITZ - thinks in case of real and true peace, all settlers on Heights would leave.] Problem is finding answer to true peace and solution to Syrians wanting territory back and Israel refusing to be left in pre-1967 situation again.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner