ABC Evening News for Friday, May 08, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(Studio) Apparent lack of reduction in tension between Syria and Israel over Syrian missiles in Lebanon reported; USSR deputy foreign minister noted en route to Moscow from Damascus today. Assessment of situation by Syrian defense min. quoted; President Reagan's envoy Philip Habib reported delivering message to Lebanese President Elias Sarkis. Details given, photos shown.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Tel Aviv, Israel) Atmosphere here over situation discussed; Prime Min. Menahem Begin's spokesperson quoted. Upcoming meeting between Habib and Begin mentioned. [BEGIN - says military means will be used if diplomatic measures fail with regard to Syrian missiles.] Israeli troops noted on alert; issue of new Syrian troop mvts. into Lebanon considered.
REPORTER: Bill Seamans
(DC) Probable Israeli attack if Syria doesn't remove missiles soon enough noted; "Middle East Policy Survey" newsletter quoted on screen, discussed. Possible position of USSR on crisis considered; rumors of intensified Israeli military alert mentioned.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore
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