ABC Evening News for Monday, May 11, 1981
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(Studio) Syria's refusal to remove its missiles from Lebanon and Israel's demand that it do so noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(Studio) Continued mediation efforts of United States envoy Phillip (sic) Habib in Damascus and Jerusalem today noted; films shown.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Jerusalem, Israel) Prime Min. Menahem Begin's appeal to Syrian President Hafez al-Assad outlined; his announcement of previous strike date set for Israeli air force attack on Syrian missiles reported [BEGIN - reads letter to President Reagan.] His account of Syria's incrd. military strength in region, during Habib's diplomatic efforts, outlined; Habib-Begin meeting mentioned, shown. [HABIB - thinks discussions are useful.]
REPORTER: Bill Seamans
(DC) Senior United States officials said acknowledging that Habib failed to elicit any Syrian concessions; United States preparation for Israeli response in face of unsuccessful Habib mission discussed. Issue of unknown Arab reaction noted; possibility of USSR using Mideast crisis as diversion while taking action in Poland mentioned.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore
(Studio) Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(Studio) Item recapped at end of broadcast