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Israeli Elections / Begin / Reaction #48618

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 18, 1977
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(Studio) Likud party wins most seats in Israeli elections; leader Menahem Begin will become prime minister as soon as he forms coalition government Seats won by other ptys. listed.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Begin's background noted. Reporter asks him with regard to peace efforts. [BEGIN - will invite leaders of Egypt and Syria and King Hussein of Jordan to meet for serious talks.] Reporter notes Begin's stand on refusing to give up west bank and Gaza Strip. [BEGIN - says to give these up will end chance of peace for now and maybe forever. When Arabs realize Israel can't be destroyed, then process of peace negotiating will start.] Reporter asks what effect President Carter statements with regard to modified 1967 borders and homeland for Palestinians had on election. [BEGIN - says people got worried and didn't believe Labor party was only 1 with good ties to DC. Hopes Likud government will deepen relations with United States.] Results of Begin's election noted.
REPORTER: Bill Seamans

(Studio) Reactions from Arabs is anger. PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) spokesperson says election could lead to war. Syria, Egypt and Saudi Arabia leaders to meet on wkend. with regard to election.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Cairo, Egypt) Report on Arab reaction.
REPORTER: Bill Brannigan

(Studio) Press Secretary Jody Powell says administration will have no problems in dealing with new Israeli government Secretary of State Vance, in Geneva for Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) negotiations with USSR as well as talks with regard to Mid. East, says it will take time to see how elections will affect peace.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Geneva, Switzerland) Reporter assesses possible effect of elections on peace in Mid. East.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Other election notes given, with regard to 2 candidates' races.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Brannigan, Bill;
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Reasoner, Harry;
Seamans, Bill

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