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NBC Evening News for Monday, Nov 14, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Mtg. by PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leaders to declare independent Palestinian state in Israeli-occupied territories of West Bank and Gaza and to implicitly recognize Israel as legitimate state under United Nations resolution reported Report introduced

(Algiers, Algeria: Rick Davis) Debate among Palestinian leaders such as Yasir Arafat and hard-line leader of Pop. Front for the Liberation of Palestine George Habash reported; scenes shown from conference [HABASH - opposes Resolution 242; discusses fighting Israel.] [Widow of assassinated PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Abu Jihad, Umm JIHAD - says she's happy with declaration.] [PNC delegate Nabil SHAATH - says we are on the road to real Palestinian state.] Palestine National Council (PNC), the political wing of PLO, described. [Columbia Univ. professor Edward SAID - says Israel and United States should accept Palestinian state.] Need for international recognition of independent Palestinian state noted.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Efforts by Israeli Prime Min. Yitzhak Shamir to establish coalition government with help of ultraconservative religion parties outlined. Report introduced.

(Tel Aviv, Israel: Martin Fletcher) Curfew in Gaza Strip and demolition of Palestinian homes in West Bank as part of Israel's crackdown on Israeli- occupied territories featured; details given, scenes shown. [SHAMIR - says nothing will change following Palestinians' conference to form independent state.] Shamir's coalition government said likely to try to hold on to Israeli-occupied territories despite Palestinian stmts. at Algiers conf.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw; DC: Fred Francis) Meaning of PLO's implicit recognition of Israel to United States discussed; problematic nature of Middle East for President Reagan's administration and for new administration of President-elect George Bush noted.

Brokaw, Tom;
Davis, Rick;
Fletcher, Martin;
Francis, Fred

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