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Mideast / Israeli Raid #53002

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 15, 1978
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(Studio) Prime Min. Begin's report that Israel has accomplished takeover of south Lebanon and announcement of intention to stay there until guaranteed Palestinian guerrillas won't return noted. Statement of Israeli official from Tel Aviv quoted. Israeli raid into south Lebanon outlined; map shown. Israeli claims to have wiped out all Fatah bases in area reported, as well as Israeli attacks on PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) bases around Tyre, Damour and Ouzai. PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) attack in Israel on Saturday mentioned.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Studio) Continuing Israeli raid into Lebanon reported.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Metulla, Israel) Report on Israeli invasion from Mt. Hermon to Mediterranean Sea; film shown is in Marjayoun, Lebanon. Artillery use compared to that in Yom Kippur war; Prime Min. Begin's visit to front lines in Lebanon noted. Capture of 2 PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) members who are taken to Metulla, Israel, mentioned.
REPORTER: Bill Seamans

(Southern Lebanon) Report on welcome for Israeli troops in Christian Lebanese town of Kleia. Recent growth of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) presence in area mentioned.
REPORTER: Andrew Meisels

(Studio) Pressure on Palestinians described. Israeli defense minister's statement with regard to resistance of Palestinians quoted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Tyre, Lebanon) Report on Israeli air attacks on Damour and Ouzai and air and sea attack on Tyre. Panic of Palestinian refugees during shelling of some places noted; is noted that they've lost homes in Israel, west bank and in Lebanon civil war. Commitment of 4 Arab ntns. to defend Palestinians cited. Syria was one of these; dilemma for Syrians re: participation in present fighting outlined. (Temporary network difficulty.)
REPORTER: Jerry King

(Studio) Ramifications of Israeli action in peace talks with Egypt examined. President Sadat's request that Israel be cautious in aftermath of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) raid and own continued caution stated.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Cairo, Egypt) President Sadat and foreign minister Mohammed Ibrahim Kamel's greeting of visiting Belgian foreign minister noted. Reaction to Sadat's denouncement of PLO Israeli raid reported [KAMEL - is most unhappy with situation; thinks such problems can only be solved in process of peace.] Egyptian foreign min. statement tonight condemning Israeli raid cited. PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Arafat's letter to Arab leaders outlined. Attitude toward peace initiative of hard liners in Sadat's government reported.
REPORTER: Doreen Kays

(Studio) Begin's meeting with cabinet in Jerusalem tonight and subsequent press conference noted. Begin's remarks, made in Hebrew, outlined. [Israeli chief of staff Mordechai GUR - states amount of territory Israel has occupied and notes Begin has said forces will remain there.] [BEGIN - will negotiate with all involved toward achieving arrangements for no further attacks.] Other information with regard to fighting given.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) Claims by both Israelis and Palestinians with regard to damage to other side reported Lack of contact between Israelis and Syrian peace-keeping forces in Lebanon noted.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) [Secretary of State VANCE - thinks all recent events are obstacles to peace process and will have to be worked out.] Israeli ambassador Simcha Dinitz' visit to State Department and request for American help reported [DINITZ - cites Israel's search for arrangement wherein Palestinians won't be allowed back into bases in south Lebanon. Is presently discussing arrangements for such assurances with United States and others.]
REPORTER: Ted Koppel

Jennings, Peter;
Kays, Doreen;
King, Jerry;
Koppel, Ted;
Meisels, Andrew;
Seamans, Bill;
Walters, Barbara

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