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Israel / Lebanon Raids #72673

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 17, 1981
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(Studio) Extensive Israeli raids on Lebanon reported; United States noted delaying decision to resume F-16 shipments to Israel as result.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Intensity of Israel's attacks on Palestinian bases described; map shown. PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat reported calling for military aid from Arab ntns.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Beirut, Lebanon) Attack on west Beirut examined; films shown. Later raids on coastal towns discussed.
REPORTER: John McKenzie

(Israel) Israel's raids said in retaliation for recent PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) assaults on Nahariya and other civilian communities; details given, films shown. Prime Min. Menahem Begin quoted. [Deputy defense minister Mordechai ZIPPORI - uses snake analogy to defense Israel's policy.] For. minister Yitzhak Shamir's response to United States delay in delivery of F-16s outlined.
REPORTER: Bill Seamans

(Studio) Timing of Israeli raids, in light of scheduled delivery of F-16s, noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) President Reagan's reaction to raids' timing noted. [REAGAN - says decision with regard to planes hasn't yet been made.] [State Department spokesperson Dean FISCHER - explains official position on delivery date issue.] Current status of planes mentioned; Reagan said dispatching envoy Philip Habib to Jerusalem in mediation effort.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
McKenzie, John;
Reynolds, Frank;
Robinson, Max;
Seamans, Bill

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