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Israel / United States Relations / Soviet American Statement #490968

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Oct 02, 1977
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(Studio) Soviet-American statement on Mid-East draws unqualified rejection from Israel. Arab and Palestinian groups welcomed statement which called for establishing rights of Palestinians.
REPORTER: Gerald Harrington

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Israeli government denounces Soviet-American communique as unacceptable. Film shown. Israel views joint statement as shift in American policy toward admitting Palestine Liberation Org. to Geneva peace conference; Israeli government says that will prevent peace conference from taking place. [Finance Minister Simcha EHRLICH - if PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) has representation (audio inaudible).] Israelis closing ranks in face of growing international isolation. The opposition Labor party attacked joint resolution as obstacle to peace. [Opposition leader Shimon PERES - believes American's are bringing negotiations to extremely difficult situation.] Israeli outrage based on fear of imposed solution to Mid-East controversy. Israeli government has asked United States to clarify intentions of superpowers. Many observers feel American-Israel relations at all-time low; relations strained further when Israeli government gave go-ahead this morning for another Jewish settlement on occupied west bank. Israelis believe United States has retreated from commitment to Israel; refuse to honor United States request to curb settlements during negotiating process.

(Studio) Jewish reaction in United States swift and strong. Presidents of 32 major Jewish organizations sent telegram to Secretary of State Cyrus Vance denouncing Soviet-American agreement. Telegram quoted.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(DC) Members of Jewish community with close ties to administration believe Zbigniew Brzezinski behind White House attempts to force Mid-East peace settlement; they say Brzezinski convinced time is right to pressure Israel. Brzezinski rptdly. saying Jewish lobby has lost clout in Congress and White House Now safe to push for concessions previously rejected by Israel. Some observers feel Brzezinski wrong, that issue can't be forced without political damage to President Some Jewish leaders showing serious doubts with regard to Carter's intentions; some refusing to give money to Democratic party Carter aware of feelings among American Jews, but it's not clear if he's calculated political costs.
REPORTER: Judy Woodruff

(Studio) United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim welcomes US-Soviet agreement; hopes it will lead to Geneva peace conference President Carter to address UN, Tuesday and to meet with Moshe Dayan Wednesday, presumably about PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) representative at Geneva.
REPORTER: Gerald Harrington

Harrington, Gerald;
Lord, Bill;
Savitch, Jessica;
Woodruff, Judy

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