Thursday, December 29. 1077 HOPK »AKK.» STAU Carter raises possibility of U.S.-Israel pact WASHINGTON (AP) - President Carter, in a surprise development, says some Arab leaden have told him they would not object to a Middle East peace settlement that included a U.S. guarantee of Israel's security. Discussing the Middle East question with television network correspondents Wednesday night, Carter backed Israeli Prime Minister Menahem Begin's refusal to accept the creation of a Palestinian state on the West Bank of the Jordan River. He also responded to critics who say Begin has made no gesture to Egypt comparable to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's history-making visit to Israel sit weeks ago. He described as a "reasonable negotiating position" Begin's insistence that Israel retain the right to station troops on the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip. Carter said there is a "great deal of flexibility" in the Israeli negotiating stand, noting that Israel has promised to reassess its West Bank-Gaza Strip troop presence after five years. Carter added a new dimension to the fast-paced developments in the Middle East when he discussed the possibility of a U.S.-Israeli defense pact as part of an overall settlement. Some Arab leaders. Carter said, "had expressed to me that if a guarantee arrangement between ourselves and Israel should be worked out, it would be acceptable." Carter added that the United States and Israel have never discussed that possibility "in any definitive form" and that his own preference would be for a minimal U.S. role In post- settlement peacekeeping. In the past, Israeli governments have been cool to the idea of U.S. guarantees, not wanting to rely on outside powers for Israeli security. Begin said recently that Israel had no Intention of making such a proposal to American authorities but that he would be willing to listen to any U.S. ideas on the subject. Despite U.S. and Israeli reluctance to establish a military alliance, Carter's remarks appeared to make that option more credible, particularly If it made the difference between success and failure to the Mideast peace negotiations. Carter's evaluation of the Sadat-Begin Christmas summit was favorable to Begin, but he was unsparing In his praise for both leaders. He reaffirmed his support for a Palestinian "homeland or entity" with ties to surrounding countries, but he firmly rejected Sadat's Insistence on an independent Palestinian state. "My own position Is that permanent peace can best be maintained if there Is not a fairly radical, new independent nation In the heart of the Middle East area," Carter said. More adults die from poisoning than children. 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Mrs. Brennan said Wednesday that she had not been served with any papers yet, She said the decision would be appealed The delivery service continued Wednesday, but it was not clear whether it would continue operating during the appeal. U.S. District Judge Harold P. Burke ruled Tuesday In favor of the Postal Service which filed suit in February to protect Its statutory monopoly on first- class mall, "Elimination of this monopoly would seriously threaten the very existence of the U.S. Postal Service," the government's brief said. The Brcnnans contended In court that Congress had overstepped its authority in grant- Ing the Postal Service such a monopoly. But the government argued that Congress and the courts have recognized for more than 200 years the need for a monopoly. "There is a strong and abiding national interest in having one uniform postal system, operated impartially, unturned by considerations of profit, serving the entire country," the government brief said. Although unwilling to say exactly how many letters a day the private service delivers in downtown Rochester, Mrs. Brennan confirmed that she and her husband handled about 1,000 pieces a day during November. The Brennans charge 10 cents a letter and guarantee same-day delivery. Many of their clients are lawyers. Messenger services operate In many cities dispatching couriers to companies who call each time they have something] to send. The Brennans' firm,' however, picks up mall every day from its 300 customers. Mrs. Brennan said she got the idea for the delivery service two years ago when she received a letter from Idaho 13 days after it had been posted. Connerton considers bowing out EL DORADO, Ark. (AP) Carl Connerton of El Dorado says he is considering with-1 drawing from the 4th District congressional race if two other • possible candidates address the issues he thinks are important. Connerton told a news conference Wednesday that he wants either Beryl Anthony of El Dorado, a former prosecuting ;•'- torney, or Secretary of Su. Winston Bryant to meet w him and talk about issues. Anthony and Bryant have- been mentioned as possible con tenders for the seat currently held by Rep. Kay Thornton, who has said he will not seek re-election. Thornton la thought to be con- ' siderlng a race for the U.S. Senate. Connerton, a former broadcaster, says some of the issue, he has in mind are a decentralization of wealth, the abolis! merit and reorganization of Uu Federal Communications Coin- mission, the CIA and the FBI and the Installment of a gasoline rationing policy. Cochran I'aoes more charge* AMERICUS, Ga. (AP) Buddy Cochran, convicted of. ramming a sports car into a crowd at a Ku Klux Klan rally in President Carter's hometown last summer, now faces charges of escape and damaging government property. Cochran was charged on. Wednesday with escape, a felony, and two counts of damaging property at the Sumter County Jail. He escaped Tuesday and was recaptured 15 hours later in an Atlanta suburb.
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