NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 11, 1978
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(Studio) Israel's celebration of its 30th anniversary with weapons display at Hebrew University noted. Report is on Israel's coming of age.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Tel Aviv, Israel) Israel's history as nation and its triumphs and problems as such outlined. Films shown. 1948 war and 3 others mentioned. Impt. of Israel as Jewish state especially because of holocaust, examined. Palestinian feelings about Israel's land area as own homeland and troubles this has produced reported; recent Palestinian terrorist attack on tourist bus in Israel and Israeli reaction by invading south Lebanon noted. Prime Min. Begin's participation in war for Israeli independence mentioned. Occupation of parts of Syria, Egypt and Jordan by Israeli forces also mentioned. Issue of Jewish settlements on west bank, include Begin's citing of Bible references to Jewish history there, examined. [SETTLER - explains why there can be no compromise on giving up lands in question; mentions Zionism.] Debate now going on in Israel between those willing to make more concessions for peace and those who follow Begin outlined; Peace Now movement given as example of former group. [Israeli war veteran Micha BEN-HILLEL - explains reasons Israelis now demand that leaders do best to achieve peace.] 30-yr.-old policy of Israeli government and Israeli people of trusting no one and relying on no one but Israel stated.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley
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