ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 09, 1985
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(Studio) Uncertainty of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) chairperson Yasir Arafat's actual role in hijacking of Italian cruise ship and end to crisis noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(NYC) PLO's continued battle with Israel examined; splintering of organization since Israel's invasion of Lebanon explained, implications for Arafat's control discussed. Scenes shown. [Prof. Marvin ZONIS - believes Palestinians use terrorism to alter balance of power in Mideast.] Israel's suspicion of Arafat's negotiations with King Hussein for Mideast peace settlement in light of Syria's militancy and proximity to Israel considered. [ZONIS - thinks Arafat's image and stature will be enhanced by Achille Lauro affair.] Israeli bombing of Arafat's headquarters in Tunisia recently in reprisal for PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) murder of Israeli terrorists in Cyprus recalled. [ZONIS - feels Arafat recognizes need to resort to diplomacy to settle Palestinian question.]
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld
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