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Mideast Developments #498824

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 16, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's telephone calls to Senators who voted both for and against his proposed plane sales in Mideast noted. Debate remark of one Senator that those who voted against Israel could expect no more campaign contributions from friends of Israel in United States stated; inquiry about this by reporter Richard Hunt, in New York City, to American Jewish Committee spokesperson Howard Squadron reported Film shown. [SQUADRON - thinks vote will have effect on political contributions and that Democratic national committee is already feeling this. Discusses situation.]
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Studio) Reaction in Mideast noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Report on Israel reaction to plane sale approval, include that of Prime Min. Begin in Jerusalem. [BEGIN - expresses deep regret at decision.] Israel's claim that it was promised its planes unconditionally 3 years ago under Yitzhak Rabin's government [RABIN - says vote is breach of president commitment given him in 1975 by Gerald Ford.] [Defense minister Ezer WEIZMAN - says Israel will have to look at military problem of F-15's in Saudi Arabia; hopes they'll never have to tackle them.] Begin's trip to Tel Aviv mentioned. [BEGIN - feels sale will harden Arab's position, but Israel will continue working for peace.]
REPORTER: Hilary Brown

(Cairo, Egypt) Report on reaction in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Impt. of vote to President Sadat described. Official word brought to foreign minister Kamel by United States amb. Eilts mentioned. [KAMEL - cites meaning of Senate vote to Egypt-United States relations] File film shown. Deterioration of Egyptian air force USSR MiG's noted. Source's report that both Egyptians and Saudis now plan to request other weapons sales from United States outlined.
REPORTER: David Burrington

(Studio) Jordan's King Hussein's upcoming marriage to American Elizabeth Halaby, daughter of former Pan American Airways president Najeeb Halaby, reported Death of Hussein's 3rd wife in helicopter crash last year recalled.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brinkley, David;
Brown, Hilary;
Burrington, David;
Chancellor, John

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