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Hijacking / Cruise Ship #93061

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 08, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Rome, Italy) Reaction here to hijacking of Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro featured; scenes shown. Prime Min. Bettino Craxi's statement outlined; ship's owners mentioned placing responsibility for security on Italian customs. Recent Palestinian terrorist attacks in Rome and Italy's previous relations with PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) chairperson Yasir Arafat reviewed.
REPORTER: Hal Walker

(Jerusalem, Israel) Israeli reaction to terrorists' demand for release of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) prisoners examined; scenes shown. [Mo she ARENS - believes acquiescing to terrorists' demands perpetuates the problem.] [Prime Min. Shimon PERES - feels international criticism of Israeli raid on PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) base in Tunis is responsible for ship's hijacking.] No. PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) Force 17 terrorists currently held by Israel, include Simir El-Konaitery, discussed. [April 1979, terrorist victim's WIDOW - considers terrorists cowards.] Difference in Israel's public response to Achille Lauro hijacking from that during initial stages of Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) hijacking considered.
REPORTER: Bob Zelnick

(DC) [President REAGAN - notes number countries involved in situation.] White House's handling of current crisis compared to that of Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) hijacking; press spokesperson Larry Speakes' statement cited as example [State Department spokesperson Bernard KALB - claims United States policy remains the same.] [Defense Department spokesperson Robert SIMMS - notes United States Sixth Fleet maneuvers in Mediterranean were scheduled prior to hijacking.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) United States monitoring of Achille Lauro, both from the sea and with satellites described, illustrated; scenes from "Juggernaut" shown courtesy MGM/UA. Question of military rescue of hostages examined. [Naval expert Anthony PERKINS - opposes military raid on ship at this point.] Factors affecting terrorists' control of ship explained. [Ship historian Peter KOHLER - notes size of terrorist captured territory.] Italy's probable control of situation noted.
REPORTER: John McWethy

(Studio) PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) chairperson Yasir Arafat's continued denial of involvement in hijacking noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Arafat's tenuous position and hijacking's possible political damage to him discussed.

(Studio) "Nightline" announced. Joint PLO-Egyptian delegation thought en route to Achille Lauro.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel, Peter Jennings

Reporter(s):
Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Koppel, Ted;
Walker, Hal;
Zelnick, Bob
Duration:
00:08:10

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