NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 19, 1977
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(Studio) Labor party in Israel refuses to take part in new government to be headed by Menahem Begin. Begin revisits west bank, which he's said is part of Israel; and he won't give it up to Arabs. This could make peace settlement far more difficult.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Tel Aviv, Israel) Begin visits illegal Jewish settlement of Kadum, inside former Jordan territory, reaffirms statements that land taken in 6-Day War belongs to Jewish people. [BEGIN - says land is by right Jewish-owned; his government will encourage settlement here.] General Arik Sharon will likely be in coalition government and endorses Israel's prior claim to all of Palestine. [SHARON - says Israel will stay there forever.] Begin's actions increase concern with regard to his government and that policy clash with Carter administration is inevitable.
REPORTER: Steve Delaney
(Studio) Comments of Secretary of State Vance and USSR foreign minister Gromyko, meeting in Geneva, with regard to new Mid. East situation noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor