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US-Israel Relations / War of Words / Shamir Coalition Government / Ethiopia #575614

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 14, 1990
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Nasty war of words between Israel and United States over Israel's slow approach to peace process in Middle East reported. [Secretary of State James BAKER - recites White House telephone number.] Report introduced.

(Tel Aviv: Martin Fletcher) Palestinian uprising and new ultraconservative Israeli coalition government featured; scenes shown from Jerusalem of Israeli boy who was stabbed by Palestinian. [Palestinian activist Faisal HUSSEINI - comments.] Strange alliance between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and rabbi Eliezer Schach, spiritual mentor of orthodox Jews in the cabinet, explained. [Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs professor Daniel ELAZAR - says Schach is a dove.] Right wing noted planning more Jewish settlements in occupied Arab land. Pressure on Shamir from United States to make peace with the Palestinians reiterated.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report on confidential Congressional memo that says Israel has supplied Ethiopian dictatorship with weapons and is training the Ethiopian palace guard because of increase in number of Ethiopian Jews released by the government featured. United States criticism of Israeli military ties to South Africa, of help Israel gave to Colombian drug lords, and of training Mossad agent Michael Harari gave to Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega's palace guard reviewed.

(State Department: John Dancy) Analysis given of Baker's statement to Israel. PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat noted not yet denouncing recent terrorist incident led by Abu Abbas as requested by US.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Number of calls to White House number recited by Baker described.

Brokaw, Tom;
Dancy, John;
Fletcher, Martin

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