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Middle East / Israel & Lebanon / Violence / Mitchell Interview #833697

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 14, 2006
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(Studio: Terry Moran) The attempt by Israel to kill the leader of Hizballah, Israeli air strikes deep in Lebanon & Hizballah's rocket response reported.

(Beirut: David Wright) The dramatic developments in Lebanon reviewed; details given of the response of Hizballah leader Hasaan Nasrallah†† after the attack, about the targets hit in Lebanon {power station, Beirut airport, bridges & roads} & Israel's demands from Hizballah; scenes shown from a densely populated bombed-out area in Beirut & of tourists fleeing Lebanon.

(Studio: Terry Moran) US government estimate that 25,000 American citizens are in Lebanon & plans to evacuate them to Cyprus noted.

(Studio: Terry Moran) Report introduced.

(Zarit, Israel: Dan Harris) The Hizballah attacks on cities in northern Israel featured; scenes shown from Zarit of rocket fire, people fleeing to shelters & shelters for children; details given of Israel's goals of getting back two kidnapped soldiers & making Hizballah disband. [Two Israeli WOMEN, GIRL - react to their situation.] [Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Mark REGEV†- comments on the state within a state.] [Washington Inst. for Near East Policy David MAKOVSKY†- talks about problems in dealing in Lebanon.]

(Studio: Terry Moran) The state of the siege in Lebanon noted; scenes shown from Beirut, which had returned to being an urban oasis after troubling times. [In Beirut, Lebanese WOMAN - says everything is destroyed.] [Lebanese MAN - says we have lived this so intensely before & now it is happening again.]

(Studio: Terry Moran) The response of President Bush to the battle in the Middle East reported; scenes shown of his arrival in St. Petersburg, Russia, for the G8 summit; details given of criticism of Israel from France & Russian President Vladimir Putin†. Interview held with former senator George Mitchell about the Middle East. [MITCHELL - says there is no conflict that cannot be resolved; suggests a prisoner swap is the resolution; states the administration's involvement in the Middle East has been intermittent, so the president needs to pick an envoy to send there to get the job done.]

(Studio: Terry Moran) The economic impact of events in the Middle East on the US noted; rising oil prices & Stock Market Report cited.

Moran, Terry;
Wright, David;
Harris, Dan

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