World: CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE

ISRAEL did not get away without cost from its commando raid on Beirut airport. Through Lloyd's of London, Israeli insurance firms were underwriters for $50,000 worth of policies held by Middle East Airlines on planes that were destroyed. Thus, ironically, Israel will pay part of the nearly $18 million that MEA will collect. It is Lebanon's only cause for cheer. For the reverberations from the raid brought an internal crisis to the tiny nation last week, along with the prospect of being drawn against its will into the whirlpool of Middle East hostilities....

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