World: Of Mosques and MIGs

When Westerners besieged him during a recent party in Cairo with questions about Moscow's growing military role in Egypt, Soviet Ambassador Sergei Vinogradov replied in French, with just three words: "Défense, défense, défense." The Israelis do not see it quite that way. They argue that hundreds of Russian pilots and planes, along with dozens of sophisticated Soviet-manned SA3 missiles, have largely relieved Egypt of the burden of defending its own skies, enabling Cairo to devote all its offensive attention to Israel.

Missiles at Aswan. Hoping to persuade Washington on that point, Israeli Foreign...

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