ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 12, 1981
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(Studio) Reports of Syrian missile attack on Israeli reconnaissance planes over Lebanon examined; Israel's version of events outlined. Apparent position of Lebanese government noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Israel) Dutch foreign minister Christoph A. van der Klaauw's message from Syrians to Israelis, possibly implying change in attitude of President Assad, discussed; films shown. Continuation of Philip Habib's peace mission outlined; his meeting with Prime Min. Menahem Begin considered. [BEGIN - comments on coverage.] Begin's harangue of opposition in parliament reported; films shown.
REPORTER: Bill Seamans
(DC) Reagan administration said fearing its Mideast peace mission is long shot; consequences of failure outlined on screen, discussed. [Secretary of State Alexander HAIG - hopes settlement will be found.] Habib's principle objective listed on screen, considered; Haig's assessment of situation and area of concern noted.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore
(Studio) Item recapped at end of broadcast
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