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Mideast / Israel-Lebanon Conflict #518098

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 23, 1981
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(Studio) Continued clashes between Israel and Palestinians in south Lebanon reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Israel) Israeli air force celebration of its creation with ground and aerial display of US-made craft noted coming as Prime Min. Menahem Begin denies crisis between the 2 ntns. over his use of American-made planes to bomb Iraq's nuclear plant and Palestinian bases in Beirut; films shown. Begin's criticism of Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger's recent remarks outlined; indications of possible cease-fire being reached considered.
REPORTER: Arthur Kent

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Studio) State Department reported tempering its statements yesterday, in which Reagan administration criticized Begin; Senator Robert Byrd quoted. Amt. of United States military aid to Israel recalled.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Current status of F-16s originally scheduled for shipment to Israel reported; continued military shipments to Israel examined. Items on order by Israel listed on screen. [Pentagon spokesperson Henry CATTO - denies United States has threatened to withhold shipments unless Israel moves toward peace in region.]
REPORTER: George Lewis (WDSU-TV newstape)

Chancellor, John;
Kent, Arthur;
Mudd, Roger

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