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US-Saudi Arabia / Arms Sales #71240

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 22, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Opposition from Israel to Reagan administration's decision to sell AWACS to Saudi Arabia reported.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Tel Aviv, Israel) Prime Min. Menahem Begin's meeting with United States ambassador Samuel Lewis noted; films shown. [BEGIN - thinks sale will undermine peace and sec. in Mideast.] Basis of Israel's opposition explained; details outlined on screen with regard to Saudi opposition to Camp David, its support for PLO and call for jihad against Israel. Necessary changes in Israeli defense due to AWACS described; USSR mentioned.
REPORTER: Bill Seamans

(DC) Israeli ambassador Ephraim Evron mentioned, shown. [State Department spokesperson Dean FISCHER - denies sale being threat to Israel's security] Conditions placed on sale by United States outlined. [Senator Howard BAKER - thinks issue is undecided.] Secretary of State Alexander Haig mentioned.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter;
Reynolds, Frank;
Seamans, Bill

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