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Lebanon Crisis #516731

NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 14, 1981
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(Studio) Syrian missiles reported downing Israeli reconnaissance plane over Lebanon today; details given. President Reagan's special envoy Philip Habib noted arriving in Jerusalem ahead of schedule.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Details of Syria's downing of Isreali craft examined; films shown. Habib's continued mediation efforts mentioned. [Prime Min. Menahem BEGIN - thinks downing of reconnaissance plane proves Israel's thesis.] Possible implications of Habib's early arrival here, after meeting with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad, considered. Habib's mtgs. with Begin discussed.
REPORTER: Arthur Kent

(DC) Possible inevitability of Syria-Israel conflict discussed; US criticism of USSR and President Assad outlined. [Secretary of State Alexander HAIG - notes precariousness of situation.] US's continued efforts to reach compromise noted.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(Studio) Alleged intensification of military efforts by both Syria and Israel on Golan Heights outlined.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Kalb, Marvin;
Kent, Arthur

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