The Middle East: A Balance of Weaponry


When word leaked out a year ago that West Germany was supplying Israel with $80 million worth of "secondhand" Patton tanks, the response from the Arab world was torrential in its outrage. All but three of the 13 Arab countries (Morocco, Tunisia and Libya) broke diplomatic ties with Bonn, and Egypt's Nasser threatened the ultimate retaliatory blow: recognition of East Germany. Chancellor Ludwig Erhard hastily suspended the shipments and vowed never to panzer to Israel again. Last week the U.S. confirmed that it had picked up the tank deal with...

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