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Israel / Sharon #82570

ABC Evening News for Friday, Feb 11, 1983
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(Jerusalem, Israel) Recent commission report criticizing Israeli army officials for their role in Beirut, Lebanon massacre last year recalled.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Jerusalem, Israel) Defense minister Ariel Sharon's reaction to commission's demand that he resign examined. [Energy minister Yitzak MODA'I - favors keeping Sharon as min. without portfolio.] Cabinet said formally accepting Sharon's resignation Sunday; Prime Min. Menahem Begin said allegedly favoring appointed of United States ambassador Moshe Arens to succeed Sharon as defense minister Implications of funeral for victim of grenade attack during anti-Sharon demonstration discussed; remarks of opposition leader Shimon Peres noted. Former Jewish Defense League leader Rabbi Meir Kahane said questioned about grenade attack and later released.
REPORTER: Bill Seamans

(Studio) Sharon's departure as defense minister thought not altering United States-Israel relations at present. [Knesset member Ehud OLMERT - believes Sharon representative Begin's policies.] Issue of Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon and Israeli government's support of Sharon's views discussed. [Former ambassador Simcha DINITZ - considers Sharon's replacement.]
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) Secretary of State George Shultz's refusal to comment on Sharon affair noted; details given.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Jennings, Peter;
Reynolds, Frank;
Seamans, Bill

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