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Mideast / Sadat Israeli Visit #491363

NBC Evening News for Friday, Nov 18, 1977
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(Studio) Growing opposition in Arab world to Egyptian President Sadat's planned visit to Israel noted; disturbances, bombings and statements from govts. in Athens, Beirut, Libya, Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. (Film shown.)
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Jerusalem, Israel) Report on arrival at Ben Gurion Airport of Egyptian advance team and preparations for Sadat's visit, include those at King David Hotel in Jerusalem. Sadat's planned visit to old Jerusalem, where many of holiest places in both Judaism and Islam are located, cited; sites mentioned are Dome of the Rock at Al Aksa and the Wailing Wall where Temple of Solomon once stood.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Studio) Report on mood in Cairo.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Cairo, Egypt) Sadat's participation in noon prayers at mosque near Suez Canal noted; significance of his plans to pray at Al Aksa in Israel on Sunday, since it is 2nd only to Mecca in Muslim holy places, cited. Opposition from elsewhere in Arab world, include PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) and some Egyptians, stated along with hopes of many Egyptians that trip will help bring peace to area so that more government money can be spent on making own lives better than on military preparations. [Arab League ambassador Tahseen BASHIR - notes Sadat goes to Israel on eve of Muslims' Feast of the Sacrifice and compares story of Abraham, Isaac and Ishmael in Islam and Judaism. States hope that sacrifices now will be in interest of peace.] Other resignations within government, in wake of those of foreign minister Ismail Fahmy and his deputy, and implications this has for Sadat's success or failure in trip outlined.
REPORTER: John Palmer

(Studio) President Carter's calls to both Sadat and Begin noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Report on actions and statements of United States government with regard to Sadat visit. Secretary State Vance's cables to Jordan, Syria and Saudi Arabia, reported Govt. exchanges with USSR , comments of Israeli ambassador Simcha Dinitz and national security adviser Brzezinski detailed. Carter's mtgs. with WHO official Halfdan Mahler and USSR ambassador Dobrynin, who delivered letter from Brezhnev, cited. [BRZEZINSKI - thinks if Sadat's talks with Begin are constructive there will be more support for trip and recognition that it can be in interest of all.]
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson

(Studio) Broadcast coverage of Sadat visit noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

Brinkley, David;
Jamieson, Bob;
Palmer, John;
Utley, Garrick

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