DIPLOMACY: The Friendly Invaders

In a novel form of combined assault, the U.S. last week was invaded by two tough, elderly statesmen—one Jewish, the other German. Despite the historic tragedy that divides their peoples, Israel's Premier David Ben-Gurion, 73, and West Germany's Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, 84, had a common, nervous objective: to seek assurances that the U.S. would not barter away their nations' interests in any settlement at the summit.

Ben-Gurion, an Old Testament character with delta-wing hair, had maneuvered an honorary college degree invitation into a White House visit. Ben-Gurion's problems were epitomized by the parade of ten Arab envoys who the day before...

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