ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 16, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's telephone calls to Senators who both supported and opposed Mideast plane sales package, approved by Senator on Monday night, noted; efforts to assure opposing Senators that United States commitment to Israel remains same stated. Advice of some Carter advisers, according to report from John Scali, that President should now pressure Egypt and Saudi Arabia to give concessions to Israel to get peace talks moving again reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Examination of changes in US-Israeli relations as result of Carter admin. victory on jet sales issue. Changes in United States view of Arab states also outlined. Sadat's visit to Israel, dependence of United States on Saudi oil since embargo of 1973 and administration's frequent view of Begin as hardliner mentioned. Past United States victories over Israeli lobby, in 1956 when Eisenhower forced withdrawal from Sinai and in 1973 when Nixon and Kissinger prevented annihilation of Egyptian army, also mentioned. Films shown.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel
(Jerusalem, Israel) Report on reaction in Israel to Senate vote. [BEGIN - expresses deep regret at vote outcome. Says peace progress must continue under any circumstances.] Probable acceleration of Israeli program for development of own advanced fighter planes detailed. Films shown.
REPORTER: Andrew Meisels
(No location given) Report on reaction in Egypt to Senate vote. President Sadat's statement quoted. Egypt's receipt of F-5E planes due to jet sale pkg. noted.
REPORTER: Doreen Kays
(Studio) Report on reaction from Saudi Arabia; probable reactions of King Khalid and Crown Prince Fahd noted. Film shown. Saudis' ability to buy planes from France and their desire to buy from United States as well as belief that US should reward them for moderate stands on oil pricing and Mideast pols. discussed. Report from Amman that Jordan's King Hussein will marry, for 4th time, to American Elizabeth Halaby, who is daughter of former Pan American Airways president, stated. Photo shown.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings