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Middle East / Palestinian Conference / Israel #559715

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 15, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) reported declaring independent at meeting in Algeria. Jordan noted endorsing idea of Palestinian state. Palestine National Council (PNC)'s proposal illustration United Nations resolution that recognizes right of Israel to live in peace noted. Reports introd.

(Algiers, Algeria: Rick Davis) PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat shown presiding over ceremonies here; details given. Confusion with regard to whether or not PLO recognizes Israel's right to statehood discussed. [ARAFAT - comments.] Arafat quoted with regard to need for international peace conference under United Nations auspices. [PLO spokesperson George HABASH - says PNC didn't recognize Israel.] [ARAFAT - comments.] Neither Israel nor United States noted wanting peace conference negotiated by PLO.

(Tel Aviv, Israel: Martin Fletcher) West Bank Palestinians shown celebrating Algiers declaration; details given. [Trade minister Ariel SHARON - rejects declaration.] [W. Bank specialist Meron BENVENISTI - says Israel must face reality.] Historic scenes shown from 1947; details recalled.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw, DC: John Cochran) State Department spokesperson quoted with regard to PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) assertion. Declaration noted vague with regard to right of Israel to exist. Vice President George Bush and his designated Secretary of State James Baker noted soon to manage situation.

Brokaw, Tom;
Davis, Rick;
Fletcher, Martin

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