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Mid. East / Fahmy / Lebanon / Arafat Interview #50440

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 22, 1977
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(Studio) After talks with president Carter and State Department officials, Egyptian foreign min. Fahmy says he's hopeful for Geneva peace conference on Mid. East this yr. Then he accuses Israel of sending troops into south Lebanon to delay progress toward peace. In Lebanon, Yasir Arafat is interviewed and indicates significant shift in view toward Israel.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Lebanon) Arafat is interviewed in Beirut, and for 1st time, PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader says he accepts Israel's right to exist. Background of Arafat's remarks cited; never before has PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) indicated any acceptance of United Nations Resolution 242, but Arafat gives conditions under which he would do so. (Interview shown.) Anchor notes move in United Nations to pass new resolution in support of 242, but also in support of Palestinian homeland. If resolution is passed, would Arafat accept it? [ARAFAT - notes PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) looks for new resolution and states conditions organization wants in it. Hopes United States government will push for such resolution.] In response to interview, [ARAFAT - clarifies; says he would support such resolution.] Anchor asks if Mid. East conflict would essentially be solved if there was Palestinian homeland on West Bank and Gaza Strip. [ARAFAT - will reply in Arabic because of importance of statement. (Quote translated on screen and audibly by interpreter.)] Such move would solve major problems of Palestinians and would make kind of security and settlement in area for long time.] Importance of Arafat's statements cited. More of Arafat's interview to be broadcast on "Issues and Answers" television program, on Sunday, September 25.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Studio) In NYC, spokesperson for Israeli delegation to United Nations says Arafat's remarks mean nothing to Israel; says what has to be changed is section of PLO covenant pledging destruction of Israel.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reasoner, Harry;
Walters, Barbara

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