ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 17, 1982
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(Studio) United States and Lebanese officials reported trying to ease pressure on west Beirut as Israel and PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) continue exchanging fire there; films shown.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Beirut, Lebanon) Israel noted maintaining pressure on Palestinian positions here; films shown. PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) leader Yasir Arafat said threatened politically by Israel's incring. control of situation; his efforts to have others negotiate compromise with Israel noted effort to maintain firm stance with followers. Former prime minister Saeb Salam reported acting as liaison between United States and Israel. [SALAM - calls for United States pressure on Israel to stop advance (remarks transcribed on screen).] Salam noted remaining in contact with United States officials in Mideast, include special envoy Philip Habib. Probability that United States policy toward PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) will change said doubtful.
REPORTER: Mike McCourt
(Tel Aviv, Israel) Cabinet reported meeting to consider Habib's suggestion of temporary cease-fire in Lebanon; details given. Instructions given Israeli troops in Beirut outlined; possible efforts of Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) to sabotage Habib's efforts to strike deal with Arafat considered. For. minister Yitzhak Shamir's return from meeting in France regarding multintl. peacekeeping force in Lebanon noted.
REPORTER: Hilary Brown