NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 11, 1978
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(Studio) Senate Foreign Relations Committee tie vote on motion to reject President Carter's proposed Mideast plane sale, meaning bill now goes to Senate floor without recommendation, noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Details of debate in committee given; issue of sale to Saudi Arabia and possibility that Saudis would buy planes from France if United States refuses sale outlined. [Senator Charles PERCY - states that Saudis have made it clear that they so prefer to deal with United States that they've agreed to restrictions on sale with regard to ban on use of planes against Israel.] [Senator Frank CHURCH - calls for rejection of sale package] Committee's tie vote on disapproval resolution and later vote to send it to floor without recommendation reported
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch
(DC) Report on reaction at White House and expectations for Senator fight and vote. Comments by Press Secretary Jody Powell quoted. Israeli lobby's work for defeat of sale and White House reaction to Israeli lobby's defeat in efforts described. Is noted that For. Relations Committee sent bill to Senate floor as pkg.
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson
(Studio) Planes at issue in sale noted as F-16, F-15 and F-5E; special attraction of F-15 mentioned.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) Details of proposed sale and number of planes each to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel, along with mfrs. of planes, listed. Description of F-15's given; film shown. Ability of Saudis to hit Tel Aviv from Mecca with F-15, and Israel's present ability to do reverse with planes it now has, mentioned; map shown.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit
(Studio) Israel's continued celebration of 30th anniversary described. Film shown; mentioned in report are Jerusalem, F-15's, 1948 war for independence and Prime Min. Begin. Upcoming Segment 3 report outlined.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
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