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NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 09, 1983
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(Studio) Defense minister Ariel Sharon reported apparently remaining in office following emergency cabinet meeting in Israel to discuss findings and recommendations of commission of inquiry into September massacre of Palestinians in Beirut, Lebanon; commission recalled feeling Sharon should resign or be fired.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Jerusalem, Israel) Sharon's defense of self and Prime Min. Menahem Begin's alleged refusal to fire him examined; Sharon's criticism of report's assault on army's competence noted. [Opposition leader Shimon PERES - feels government must implement report] Begin said calling another cabinet session tomorrow to discuss report's criticism of other army officers
REPORTER: Martin Fletcher

(Studio) Sharon's career reviewed; films shown. Moshe Dayan's remark on cowardice vs. stupidity recalled; Sharon's role in Yom Kippur war and replacement of Ezer Weizman as defense minister recalled. Past criticism of Sharon's brutality during various conflicts discussed; his lie to interviewer Oriana Fallaci about Henry Kissinger's alleged telephone call encouraging Lebanon war also recalled.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

Brokaw, Tom;
Fletcher, Martin

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