Israel: Capping the Crisis

Two weeks ago, B'nai B'rith's Manhattan-based Anti-Defamation League charged that the Coca-Cola Co., in denying a franchise to a Tel Aviv bottler, was kowtowing to the Arab nations' boycott against foreign firms that do business with Israel. After all, noted the league, Coke has plants in 18 Arab states that might be closed down if the Tel Aviv franchise were granted.

The accusation brought an acid reply from Coca-Cola Export Corp. Chairman James A. Farley, Franklin Roosevelt's old campaign manager. The company, snapped Farley, was not about to honor "any boycott." Fact was, he continued, that...

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