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US-Saudi Arabia / Arms Sales / Israeli Opposition #516367

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 22, 1981
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(Studio) Reagan administration's insistence that its support for Israel hasn't diminished, despite decision to sell AWACS planes and arms to Saudi Arabia; details given.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) State Department's defense of decision examined; assistant secretary state noted telling Representative Bill Green that government acknowledges existence of risk to Israel. Letter to Green shown, quoted on screen. [Israeli ambassador Ephraim EVRON - says information picked up by planes will be controlled by Saudis.] [Senator Howard BAKER - calls for easing of tension.] Admin.'s position outlined.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Israeli government's reaction to sale decision reported [Prime Min. Menahem BEGIN notes Saudi rejection of Camp David accords, support of terrorism and call for jihad against Israel.]
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Kalb, Marvin

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