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Israel / United States Policy #494247

NBC Evening News for Monday, Jun 27, 1977
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(Studio) Carter administration reaffirms stand for settlement in Mid. East, calling for Israeli withdrawal from lands occupied in 1967 war; these include west bank, Gaza strip, Golan Heights and Sinai desert. State Department says Arabs have to guarantee lasting peace. This is based on United Nations resolution 242, passed l0 years ago. State Department spokesperson Hodding Carter reads formal statement. (Film shown.) [CARTER - reads statement; says there can be no preconditions for negotiations.] All this is answer to new Israeli Prime Min. Menahem Begin's stand with regard to west bank. Some United States officials have been quoted as being disturbed by Begin's apparent contradictions. Israeli amb. is at White House today.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Ambassador Simcha Dinitz meets with National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski; later takes more positive view than expressed by Begin or foreign minister Moshe Dayan. [DINITZ - says Israeli position is willingness to negotiate without preconditions.] Dinitz doesn't mention west bank; to leave for Israel on Tuesday to prepare for Begin's visit to Washington, DC in July.
REPORTER: Marilyn Berger

(Studio) Congress criticism of Carter policy with regard to Israel has come from Senators Charles Percy and Jacob Javits. Javits talked to reporter Catherine Mackin earlier. (Film shown.) [JAVITS - doesn't believe State Department is telling Israel to get out of territories, because United Nations resolution 242 calls for Israel to have secure and recognized borders, and Department doesn't mention this.] Anchor asks reporter if United States policy is now to tie up peace in 1 package, rather than go by Henry Kissinger's step-by-step policy.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Admin. wants to negotiate package and implement it step-by-step.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani

(Studio) Anchor asks White House reporter with regard to officials saying Begin's statements contradictory.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Concern in administration with regard to Begin government's saying sometimes it's willing to negotiate everything and then at other times saying everything but west bank, Jerusalem and other areas is negotiable. At Dinitz and Brzezinski's mtg., United States seeks clarification of Israeli stand, because United States has laid out its position, with State Department statement and one by Vice President Mondale last week
REPORTER: Marilyn Berger

(Studio) Anchor asks State Department reporter if administration has timetable for settlement.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Admin. wants to begin negotiations by end of year; there's no time set for duration of talks, though peace treaty expected at end.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani

(Studio) Anchor asks if Carter-Begin meeting will be tough.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Americans may be in for surprises with Begin; Carter may deal better with him than with Yitzhak Rabin.
REPORTER: Marilyn Berger

Berger, Marilyn;
Chancellor, John;
Valeriani, Richard

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