The World: Restraint on Request?

Shortly after last month's massacre of Israeli athletes in Munich, Premier Golda Meir angrily announced a "farflung" war against Arab terrorists. But after a bloody raid inside neighboring Lebanon — in which some 200 Arabs were killed — the Israelis have been unusually restrained. The reason, according to some well-placed Israelis: two weeks ago a White House aide — in a direct call to Mrs. Meir — asked Jerusalem to refrain from disturbing the peace for the immediate future. The same message was passed to Israel's Washington embassy, which was told that Lebanon...

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