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Middle East / Israelis Vs. Palestinians / Violence / Suicide Bombing / Bethlehem / US View / Butto Interview #701820

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, May 08, 2002
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Jerusalem: Wolf Blitzer) The aftermath of the pool hall bombing near Tel Aviv, Israel and the imminent exodus of Palestinians from inside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem featured; scenes shown of funerals, of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon returning from the US and of a Palestinian suicide bomber being dragged by a robot; details given of Israel's consideration of its options. [Palestinian Authority president Yasir ARAFAT - (thru translator) says he will try to prevent any terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians.] The military buildup near Gaza discussed.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(White House: John King) The White House perspective on the events in the Middle East featured. [President BUSH - says he is pleased with Arafat's response to the bombing; indicates Israel should keep a vision in mind.] [Jordan's King ABDULLAH - hopes for a road map for peace.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with PLO legal adviser Diana Butto about the situation in the Middle East. [BUTTO - accuses Sharon of terrorizing a civilian population; says Israeli-Palestinian cooperation is needed to prevent suicide bombings; indicates the equation must be land for peace.]

Blitzer, Wolf;
Brown, Aaron;
King, John

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