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Mideast Developments #53156

ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 24, 1978
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(Studio) Prime Min. Begin's return to Tel Aviv and possible Pol. troubles there noted. Secretary of State Vance's meeting with reporters to discuss United States-Israeli disagreements over Mideast Policy reported.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Tel Aviv, Israel) [BEGIN - explains negative answer to American Proposals.] Report that unnamed American official has urged Begin's replacement mentioned. [BEGIN - responds to this report] Speculation with regard to defense minister Weizman as Begin's replacement outlined. [WEIZMAN - explains advantages if Israeli pol. ptys. join Begin coalition.] Labor party rejection of this idea and reported intention to call for Begin's resignation noted; Labor's stated support for Begin if prime minister subjected to American pressure also reported.
REPORTER: Andrew Meisels

(DC) Secretary Vance's statements on United States policy toward Begin and his government and toward Mideast policy outlined. [VANCE - describes recent talks with Begin.] Details of talks, include possible discussion of United States-Israeli mutual defense treaty. [VANCE - would have to consider such treaty if lack of it would mean no peace settlement and presence of it would mean peace.] Position of United States and Egypt on issue of Israeli security versus biblical claims with regard to occupied territory explained.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Arab League peacekeeping force's announced intention to cut off supplies to Palestinian guerrillas in Lebanon and significance of this for UN forces in south Lebanon reported.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Litani River, SouthLebanon) UN's United States and French security force entrance into south Lebanon, by crossing Litani River and moving into stretch of area near Tyre, reported Palestinians' attitude toward troops cited.
REPORTER: Bill Blakemore

Reporter(s):
Blakemore, Bill;
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Meisels, Andrew;
Reasoner, Harry
Duration:
00:05:40

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