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    Diplomatic sources say the "hawks" of the Arab world are gathering to form a hard-line alliance against President Sadat of Egypt after his weekend trip to Jerusalem.

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    SV: President Carter walking to waiting newsmen.

    CU: Carter speaking in English.

    CU: (NIGHT SHOT) Jewish couple speaking outside King David Hotel, Jerusalem.

    SV: Libyan embassy staff burning flag in Dar-es-Salaam.

    TV & CU: Amman street scene with people seated in cafes. (THREE SHOTS)

    CU: Man replying in English to reporter's question.

    CU: Another Jordanian listens to reporters question before replying.

    CARTER: "Assad doesn't want to see Syria left out of the future negotiations. They fear that Egypt and Israel will negotiate a bilateral peace agreement to the exclusion of other Arabs. And this is something neither Sadat wants, nor I, nor (Israel) Prime Minister Menachem Begin. And I think that once this meeting is over-if it is successful, and I pray that it will be-then this threat that the rest of the Arabs see in being abandoned by the strong nation of Egypt will be removed."

    REPORTER: "I think so."

    ISRAELI WOMAN:"I think the most moving thing that I ever experienced. I must say that, even without feeling it, I just suddenly felt-you know tears feeling down. It sounds may be a bit-may be I'm over-sentimental, but it's something I simply couldn't control, and all the people around me; it was just something contagious. We couldn't, we simply couldn't not get excited."

    REPORTER: "What are you hoping for?"

    ISRAELI WOMAN: "Well, what can you hope for but peace?"

    JORDANIAN MAN: "He will gain nothing."

    REPORTER DON DICKSON: "Do you think it's bad for the Arab cause?"

    JORDANIAN: "Yes. It's bad. Because we have our rules and we must go to Israel to get it. (NEXT SENTENCE INDISTINCT)"

    REPORTER: "Do you think that many others in Jordan feel the same way you feel?"

    JORDANIAN: "I think most of the people in Jordan have this feeling, yes."

    REPORTER: "The Israelis have also invited your King, King Hussein, to come and visit. presumably you don't think he should go?"

    JORDANIAN: "I think he will not go, because it's not useful."

    REPORTER: "How do you feel about the visit by Egyptian President Sadat to Israel?"

    ANOTHER JORDANIAN: "I feel it is a wise move from President Sadat to achieve peace in the Middle East. And I hope of God to bless this move. Believe me, sir, this is a wise visit of him."

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    Background: Diplomatic sources say the "hawks" of the Arab world are gathering to form a hard-line alliance against President Sadat of Egypt after his weekend trip to Jerusalem. Iraq already called for President Sadat's overthrow and Libya plans to withdraw its recognition of the Egyptian Government, to impose a boycott against Egypt and to demand that country's expulsion from the Arab League. According to a Palestinian spokesman, agreement to form an Arab Front to counter Mr. Sadat's peace moves has already been reached among Syria, Libya, Algeria, Iraq, South Yemen and the Palestine Liberation Organisation. But not all comment on the Sadat trip is condemnatory, as shown by these remarks from President Carter of the United Stated and from Israeli couple in Jerusalem.

    SYNOPSIS: President Carter, speaking to newsmen in Washington, gave his views on the reason for Syrian leader, President Hafez al-Assad's strong reaction against the Egyptian initiative.

    But President Sadat's peace initiative was far from welcome in other quarters. As his plane arrived in Israel, these Libyan Embassy officials in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, symbolically set fire to their flag. Earlier this decade, Egypt, Libya and Syria adopted a joint "Union of Arab Republics" flag. Now Libya rejects all association with Egypt. Reporters testing public opinion in Amman, capital of Jordan, also found conflicting comments on the value of the historic trip for the Middle East and for Sadat.

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