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Mideast Developments #53267

ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 31, 1978
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(Studio) Conflict between reports from Israel and those from President Sadat re: outcome of Israeli defense minister's visit to Cairo detailed. Sadat's statement of continued disagreement over Palestinian question cited. Report on apparent high morale of Palestinians despite recent fighting with Israelis. Film shown. Palestinian rally in Beirut, which gave impression of cooperation among Palestinian groups, noted; speech by Christian Palestinian head of Marxist Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine, George Habash, and PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat's presence in audience mentioned. Arafat's recent granting of more interviews and remarks during latest one, with regard to revival of United States-USSR working paper of 1977, detailed. Films shown. [ARAFAT - says Palestinians are fighting because it's only choice left for them.] Arafat's comments with regard to United States role in Mideast stated. Upcoming Arafat interview on Sunday's "Issues and Answers" noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter

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