Middle East: Golda Goes Shopping

"Man was made out of the soft earth," said Richard Nixon, "and woman was made of a hard rib." The President was quoting a Jewish proverb to describe the tough-minded, 71-year-old grandmother who stood beside him: Israeli Premier Golda Meir, who had just met Nixon for the first time. Golda Meir's visit to Washington last week was one of her most important missions since she took office six months ago. The Israelis have been apprehensive about Nixon's announced "evenhanded policy" toward the Middle East. They are acutely aware that he owes very...

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