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Middle East / Powell Mission / Arafat Meeting / Bush POLICY #698546

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Apr 14, 2002
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(Jerusalem: Elizabeth Vargas) Report introduced.

(Jerusalem: Martha Raddatz) The diplomatic standoff in the Middle East between the Israelis and Palestinians despite Secretary of State Colin Powell's peace mission reviewed; scenes shown of Powell's visit to Palestinian Authority president Yasir Arafat's compound in Ramallah and of his second meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon; details given about Arafat's speech in Arabic. [Deputy Secretary of State Richard ARMITAGE - recounts Powell's conversation with Arafat.] [Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb EREKAT - calls for the immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces.] [After meeting, POWELL - comments on his exchange with Arafat.]

(Jerusalem: Elizabeth Vargas) Report introduced.

(Jerusalem: Dean Reynolds) The developments on the West Bank featured; scenes shown of Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, of damages in several towns and of Israeli armored vehicles; details given of differing accounts of what happened at the Jenin refugee camp. [Israeli government spokesman Raanan GISSIN - cites the options for those Palestinians in the church.] [Israeli defense forces Lt. Col. Dan SCHWARZSOX - defends the Israeli army.] [Palestinian DOCTOR - comments.]

(Jerusalem: Elizabeth Vargas) Democrats' criticism of President Bush's Middle East policy noted; statement from Senator John Kerry outlined.

(White House: John Cochran) The problems with Bush's Middle East policy examined. [Senator Charles SCHUMER - criticizes policy.] [March 30, BUSH - comments on Israel's right to self-defense.] [April 8, BUSH - says Israel must withdraw.] [Senator Joseph LIEBERMAN, The Weekly Standard Bill KRISTOL - criticize Bush.] [On NBC, national security adviser Condoleezza RICE - explains policy.]

Cochran, John;
Raddatz, Martha;
Reynolds, Dean;
Vargas, Elizabeth

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