ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 19, 1977
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(Studio) Israel's foreign minister Moshe Dayan met secretly with Jordan's King Hussein in London over wkend., according to report from Barbara Walters. Dayan then flew to Tel Aviv and on to DC, where he is today. Hussein rptdly. came from meeting pessimistic about peace prospects because of Israel's hard line policies. In DC, Dayan and President Carter begin mtgs.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Carter administration has made clear its commitment to Geneva conference this yr., and recently, President has made clear own commitment to some type of Palestinian representative at conference After 1st talks with Dayan, this remains point of difference. Details of Israeli peace plan brought by Dayan noted; would include return of most of Sinai to Egypt and part of Golan Heights to Syria, while keeping west bank under Israeli military control, but with later autonomy for Arabs. White House conceals any favorable impressions of plan and issues 1 page statement; Dayan refuses to go beyond statement after mtg. [DAYAN - says statement speaks for all in discussions.] In Mid. East, there's trouble of another kind.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel
(Israel) Report on fighting between Lebanese Christians and Palestinians, near Israeli border. (Israeli censored film shown.) Fierce fighting conts. for Palestinian-held village of Al-Kioum, near Israeli town of Matoola. Israel is tightly censoring all news and films from area. Israeli mil. spokesperson denies reports from Beirut that Israeli planes and troops have crossed border to help Christians; however, Prime Min. Begin said in August that Israelis were giving artillery support. Israeli border patrol waits to see if Syrian troops in Lebanon cross Litani River, which is line Israelis have warned them not to cross.
REPORTER: Bill Seamans