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NBC Evening News for Sunday, Feb 12, 1978
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(Studio) Israel Prime Min. Menahem Begin accusation of United States partiality noted. Protest over statement by Cyrus Vance cited. [VANCE - states United States position on Sinai settlements.] United States State Department and Begin reported to disagree on interpretation of statement.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Jerusalem, Israel) Forcefulness of Begin's statement noted as he accuses Vance of contradicting Carter's earlier commitment to Begin. [BEGIN - reiterates Carter's statement to him and accuses Vance of taking sides.] Begin's rejection of Vance's proposal with regard to Palestinian homeland noted, as is Israel's commitment to maintaining its present position. Timing of Vance statement cited as bothering Begin most; details given.
REPORTER: Hilary Brown

(Studio) Moshe Dayan's presence in Washington, DC noted; his opinion of United States position re: Middle East elicited on "Meet the Press." [DAYAN - states attitude towards Vance's role as mediator and effect of his statement on US position. Question of Sinai problem discussed.] White House reported to have no official response.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(White House, DC) Reactions of United States officials to Begin statement noted; details given with regard to United States position versus Begin's. Lack of official United States reaction and hope of avoiding public conflict noted.
REPORTER: Bill Lynch

Brown, Hilary;
Lynch, Bill;
Savitch, Jessica

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