NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 03, 1978
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(Studio) Carter administration's formal presentation of Mideast planes sales to Senator For. Relations Committee reported White House position that Congress doesn't have votes to block sale and indications that administration may modify proposal noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) For. Relations Committee concerns about sale of planes to Saudi Arabia stated; testimony to committee about question of F-15's and Saudis' use of them, by Secretary of State Vance, Defense Secretary Brown and acting Joint Chiefs chairperson General David Jones, outlined. [Senator Jacob JAVITS - asks Jones about possibility of Saudi planes being used against Israel, in some way, in another Mideast war.] [JONES - wouldn't dismiss it as possibility, but concls. Israel has capability to handle potential threat and doesn't consider it offensive threat to Israel.] Senator Frank Church's statements of committee ideas for modification of proposal outlined; White House response reported.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch