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Israel / United States Policy #49321

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 30, 1977
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(Studio) At press conf., President turns aside questions with regard to Israel and Mid. East; refuses specific comments till meeting with Prime Min. Begin in July. In Tel Aviv, Begin speaks favorably of Carter.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Jerusalem, Israel) Begin is diplomatic with regard to President's news conference [BEGIN - says Carter's words good and he respects them. Hopes they may speak freely and sincerely in talks, and, if differences are there, that neither will suspect other of ulterior motives.] Begin doesn't mention west bank, or any other territory, in speech.
REPORTER: Bill Seamans

(Studio) Toughest words with regard to State Department statement earlier in week are in DC.

(DC) Republican leaders in Congress say administration has said too much with regard to Mid. East. [Representative John RHODES - says State Department statement is step to escalating Mid. East tensions. Shows risk of turning foreign policy over to amateurs.] [Howard BAKER - is concerned and has discussed it more than once with Carter.]
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

Koppel, Ted;
Seamans, Bill;
Walters, Barbara

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