ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 25, 1978
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(Studio) USSR leader Leonid Brezhnev's proposal that United States and USSR renounce product of neutron bomb noted; film shown. President Carter's answer reported.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) President Carter's reasons for rejecting Brezhnev's offer stated. [CARTER - says Brezhnev's offer isn't significant as it applies to Europe because neutron bomb is designed to equalize balance between NATO and Communist ntns., which have heavier tank and troop forces.] President's announcement of plans to send to Congress proposal to sell war planes to Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia noted. [CARTER - looks on sale as package and intends to withdraw it if Congress fails to accept it as such. Cites position with regard to best ints. of United States and Israel in this matter.] Israeli foreign min. Dayan's statement of Israel's intention to oppose sale to Arab cntrys., even to point of foregoing sale itself, outlined; Dayan is on way to DC.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(DC) Congress reluctance to have debate on Mideast arms sales in election year noted. [Senator Henry JACKSON - states reasons timing for package is wrong.] Defense Department film shown. Israeli concerns about Egypt and Saudi Arabia getting F-15's and F-16's outlined. Legis. process involved in voting on arms sale described; involvement of House International Relations Committee and statements of house speaker Thomas P. O'Neill and committee chairperson Clement Zablocki about issue noted.
REPORTER: Brit Hume