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Middle East / US-PLO Relations #560230

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 15, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) American ambassador in Tunisia reported contacting PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) with regard to opening of diplomacy dialogue. Reports introduced

(Tunis, Tunisia: Rick Davis) PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader shown being greeted by E. German leader Erich Honecker; details given of Arafat's problems within PLO. Arafat loyalist Abdul Atif Abuhajah's role in situation discussed. [Jordan's King HUSSEIN, Egypt's President Hosni MUBARAK - comment on PLO-United States relations] Some PLO radicals noted claiming that Arafat is too moderate. [Democrat Front for Liberation of Palestine spokesperson Abu LELAH - says that United States' efforts to open dialogue with PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) is positive step.] Radical factions of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) discussed; Abu Nidal mentioned. French intelligence sources quoted with regard to cooperation of PLO with anti-terrorism forces. PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) noted asserting that it would like to cooperate with President-elect George Bush's administration

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Tel Aviv, Israel: Martin Fletcher) Israeli reaction to United States' overtures to PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) noted; foreign minister Shimon Peres quoted. Palestinians in occupied territories noted celebrating; details given, scenes shown. [Knesset mbr. Benjamin BEGIN - comments.] [Govt. minister Moshe ARENS - says Arafat is still a terrorist.] [Citizens' Rights Mvt. spokesperson Dedi ZUCKER - says Israel is ignoring reality.] Pol. problems within Israeli government noted. [Govt. minister Ezer WEIZMAN - urges dialogue with PLO.] [Palestinian MAN - wants peace.] Israel noted disadvantaged by Arafat's initiative.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Israel noted totally isolated; Prime Min. Yitzhak Shamir quoted. Report introduced.

(DC: John Cochran) President Reagan's decision to accept Arafat's promises discussed. [REAGAN - warns that Arafat had better keep his word.] [BUSH - supports Reagan's decision.] [Representative Mel LEVINE, Senator George MITCHELL - comment on Reagan's decision.] [American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee spokesperson James ABOUREZK - applauds United States action.] [Simon Wiesenthal Center Rabbi Abraham COOPER, Conf. of President of Major American Jewish Orgs. spokesperson Morris ABRAM - comment on situation.] Transition from Secretary of State George Shultz to James Baker on this issue noted to be smooth one.

Brokaw, Tom;
Cochran, John;
Davis, Rick;
Fletcher, Martin

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