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Mideast / Israeli Raid #497884

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 15, 1978
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(Studio) Israel's report of completion of raid into south Lebanon and intention to stay there until no further Palestinian raids can be launched from area noted. Details of raid given, include attacks on Tyre and in Beirut area; map shown.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Israel-Lebanon Border) Israeli ground and air attacks across border into s. Lebanon against PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) bases there detailed; welcome for Israeli troops by Christian Lebanese noted. Prime Min. Begin's visit to front mentioned. Question of Israel's intended length of occupation cited.
REPORTER: Hilary Brown

(Studio) Damascus radio report of Syrian pledge to give Palestinians anti-aircraft support in case of Israeli attack and Syria's expression of concern over attack reported Lack of reports on Syrian-Israeli clashes noted.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(S. Lebanon) Report on fighting on Lebanese side of conflict.
REPORTER: Bill Lord

(Studio) Begin's announcement at press conference of intention to hold territory till arrangements made will ensure Israel's security noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Begin's remarks with regard to raid and peace efforts with Egypt stated. [BEGIN - wants arrangement that will ensure that Palestinians won't return to south Lebanon.] Problems involved in getting such agreement, because of negotiating positions of Israel, Syria and Palestinians, and implication that Israelis in south Lebanon to stay for while outlined.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Studio) Egypt's condemnation of Israeli attack reported

(Cairo, Egypt) Report on reaction in Egypt and effects of Israeli action on peace efforts. President Sadat's reaction described. [Foreign minister KAMEL - says Israelis think of establishing security by going into Lebanese territory, and that it will only complicate already complicated situation.] Arab League secretary Mahmoud Riad's statements with regard to peace effort and effect of raid on them cited. [RIAD - doesn't see how peace discussions with Begin can continue while Israel is attacking Arab cntry.] Riad's other comments with regard to another Mideast war detailed.
REPORTER: David Burrington

(Studio) White House spokesperson's report that Israeli raid had been expected mentioned.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(DC) Report on White House reaction to reports on Israeli action. [Secretary of State VANCE - thinks recent Mideast events, include PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) raid in Israel, are obstacles to peace.] Admin. view with regard to effect of raid on peace talks outlined; State Department spokesperson's comment that, privately, administration sympathizes with Israel noted.
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson

(Studio) Henry Kissinger's views of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) attack on Israeli citizens as attempt to disrupt Egypt-Israel peace talks reported Interview with reporter Edwin Newman shown. [KISSINGER - doesn't think PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) will succeed. Comments on Sadat's initiative and Syria's lack of participation in Israeli retaliation on PLO. Says this demonstrates there's no military solution to conflict.] Other reactions noted, from United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim and Saudi Arabian King Khalid; latter asks for President Carter's intervention.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Reporter(s):
Brown, Hilary;
Burrington, David;
Chancellor, John;
Jamieson, Bob;
Lord, Bill;
Savitch, Jessica;
Utley, Garrick
Duration:
00:10:50

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