Middle East: Christmas Shopping

So determined is Israel to nail down assurances of U.S. support before entering peace negotiations with the Arabs that Washington often grows downright uneasy. As Premier Golda Meir told a Labor Party rally in Tel Aviv last week, U.S. Ambassador Walworth Barbour recently said to her: "Look here, Mrs. Meir, we've established that Israel is not a satellite of the U.S. Now I think we ought to make it clear that the U.S. is not a satellite of Israel." With a smile, Golda told the party members: "I had no choice but to...

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