President Carter of the United States has been strongly criticised for changing his country's vote on a United Nations resolution attacking Israel's policies.
GV United Nations building
GV INTERIOR Vote in Security Council
SV U.S. State Department Spokesman Thomas Reston facing newsmen
CV Reston speaking
GV White House at night
SV AND CU Hodding Carter, State Department spokesman, facing newsmen
CU Carter speaking in English
GV AND LV U.S. Ambassador to U.N. Donald McHenry facing newsmen (2 shots)
CU McHenry speaking in English
GV EXTERIOR Knesset building in Jerusalem
CU Israeli Cabinet Spokesman Michael Nir speaking in English
LEWIS: "Officials explained the vote, saying it was time to show the Israelis that this country disagrees with Israel's policy on settlements."
LEWIS: "Monday. State Department Spokesman thomas Reston again defends the vote."
RESTON: "ALL I can say is the thrust of that resolution is something that we agree with, and therefore we voted for it."
LEWIS: "But the White House does an about-face, saying the United States never intended to vote for a resolution calling for israel to get of East Jerusalem."
LEWIS: "State Department Spokesman Hodding Carter says secretary of State Vance takes the blame for the error in voting."
CARTER: "The Secretary of State accepts the responsibility for the responsibility for the failure in communications."
LEWIS: "And in an appearance this afternoon before broadcasters and newspaper editors, Ambassador Mchenry is also vague as to how the communications failure occurred."
MCHENRY: "The vote in the Security Council has to be taken at face value. His intention was to communicate one set of ideas and that didn't come through. And I think that the remarkable part about the President's statement is its candour. And it would be useful in my judgment if in similar circumstances candour were to equally characterise our dealings with one another."
NIR: "The support of the representative of the United States for the repugnant resolution of the Security Council gives rise to deep resentment and sharp protest among the people of Israel. The Prime Minister brought to the attention of the Cabinet the contents of the latter of the President of the United States to the Prime Minister."
REPORTER: GEORGE LEWIS
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Background: President Carter of the United States has been strongly criticised for changing his country's vote on a United Nations resolution attacking Israel's policies. America originally votes for the resolution, condemning Israel over its occupied territories--and then reversed its position on President Carter's orders. Bur the Israeli Cabinet said deep resentment had been caused by the vote. George Leawis of NBC reports.
SYNOPSIS: In Jerusalem, there was a strong reaction to the vote. Cabinet spokesman Michael Nir gave a statement to reporters.