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Vatican-Israel Relations / Decision 1984 #534014

NBC Evening News for Friday, Oct 19, 1984
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(Studio) Pope John Paul II reported deciding, in principle, to establish formal relations with Israel; Vatican's displeasure with Jerusalem issue and Israel's criticism of pontiff's mtgs. with PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) chairperson Yasir Arafat recalled.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) Archbishop Andrzej Deskur reported informing United States ambassador to Vatican William Wilson of Pope's upcoming announcement; Wilson said suggesting pontiff's statement on formal relations with Israel be delayed until after United States election Possible role of Vatican-Israeli relations in United States presidential campaign considered; concern over safety of Christians living in Arab world mentioned. Pope's stance on Jerusalem, Israel's borders, Palestinian question listed. [Former Israeli for. minister Abba EBAN - isn't surprised at Vatican move.] White House said denying President Reagan is pressuring Vatican; Mondale's response noted.
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

Brokaw, Tom;
Kalb, Marvin

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