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Israel / Massacre Inquiry #82974

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 08, 1983
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(Studio) September 1982 massacre of Palestinian refugees in Beirut, Lebanon, recalled.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Jerusalem, Israel) Findings of Israeli commission investigating massacre examined; commission's recommendations affecting defense minister Ariel Sharon, director of mil. intelligence Yehoshua Saguy, Prime Min. Menahem Begin outlined on screen.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Jerusalem, Israel) Cabinet's consideration of commission report noted centered on immediate political future of Sharon and criticism leveled at Begin; report's criticism of Begin and Sharon outlined on screen, discussed. [Knesset member Ehud OLMERT - anticipates Sharon's response.] Sharon's commitment to United States to remain obstacle to Reagan peace plan noted. Cmsn.'s criticism and recommendations concerning Saguy, chief of staff Rafael Eytan, General Amos Yaron, General Amir Drori, foreign min Yitzhak Shamir outlined on screen, discussed. [SHAMIR - declines comment.] General public reaction described.
REPORTER: Bill Seamans

(Studio) Speed and objectivity of Israeli investigation compared to that of Lebanese inquiry.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Beirut, Lebanon) Reaction here to Israeli report examined; films shown. [Arab leader Saeb SALAM - doesn't believe inquiry went far enough.] Phalangist militia said withholding comment until conclusion of Lebanese investigation.
REPORTER: Mike McCourt

(Studio) PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) chairperson Yasir Arafat's criticism of Israeli report outlined. [Courtesy "Good Morning America", ARLFAT - wants issue taken to international court, calls for more United States involvement in inquiry.] Report's possible impact on Begin government considered; Sharon's political future discussed. Issues of Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon and future of West Bank noted taking back seat to commission findings.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Lack of Reagan administration comment on inquiry report examined. [State Department spokesperson Alan ROMBERG - considers United States comment inappropriate; denies report will affect Philip Habib's negotiations on issue of Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.] Remarks of press spokesperson Larry Speakes, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairperson Charles Percy quoted on screen; reactions to call for Sharon's resignation and possible impact on Begin considered. Concern over issue's impact on efforts to involve King Hussein in negotiations on future of West Bank noted.
REPORTER: Sander Vanocur

(Studio) Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

Jennings, Peter;
McCourt, Mike;
Reynolds, Frank;
Seamans, Bill;
Vanocur, Sander

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