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Mideast Developments #55800

ABC Evening News for Friday, Sep 22, 1978
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(Studio) Other developments in Mideast, in wake of Camp David summit, noted. President Sadat's press conference in Morocco mentioned; film shown. Sadat's attempts to get King Hassan's support and his statement about Israel and future of Golan Heights, if Syria takes initiative, reported Prime Min. Begin's return home stated; changes in views about him by both former critics and supporters cited.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Details of Begin's arrival in Tel Aviv and motorcade to Jerusalem given. Crowd reception described. Some demonstrators noted, incl. those holding black umbrellas symbolic of that carried by British Prime Min. Neville Chamberlain, who predicted peace in our time in 1938. Welcome in Biblical tradition given Begin by Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek and other officials described.
REPORTER: John Laurence

(Studio) Difficulty in discerning effect of United States pressure on moderate Arab ntns. noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) Secretary of State Cyrus Vance's mtgs. with Saudi Arabia leaders about Mideast accords detailed. This described as form of US pressure; example given is fact that United States is major military supplier to Saudis and that congress approval of another deal like that of F-15 sale would be difficult if Saudis oppose Camp David agreements actively. [VANCE - thinks mtgs. important and useful.] Saudi central policy stated as maintenance of Arab unity; their contributions to both Egypt and PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) noted.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Vance's meeting with Jordan's King Hussein on Thursday outlined. Hussein's meeting today with Libya President Muammar el-Kadhafi and PLO's Yasir Arafat detailed.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(King Hussein Air Base, Jordan) Mtgs. among Arab leaders at King Hussein Air Base in north Jordan desert described. Moderate PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) mbrs.' quiet work for reconciliation with Hussein since Sadat's visit to Jerusalem in November noted; civil war between Jordan and Palestinians in 1970 mentioned. [HUSSEIN - discusses future contacts among those involved.]
REPORTER: Bill Blakemore

(Damascus, Syria) Reaction of other Palestinians at Damascus meeting to Arafat's actions described. [PFLP leader George HABASH - doesn't believe in begging Hussein to give them liberty to fight Israel from Jordanian borders.]
REPORTER: Jerry King

(Studio) Vance's visit to Syria reported delayed due to continuing Arab meeting there; his continued plans to meet with President Assad noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Blakemore, Bill;
Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter;
King, Jerry;
Laurence, John

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