ISRAEL: Rabin Goes Shopping for Arms

Gerald Ford last week had his first exposure to one of Washington's most familiar and delicate routines: negotiating with an Israeli Premier over U.S. military aid to Israel while simultaneously trying to persuade the Israelis to take a less intransigent attitude toward peace negotiations. This time the diplomatic fencing match was even more difficult than usual. Premier Yitzhak Rabin thoroughly understands all of Washington's political nuances after his recent five-year term as ambassador to the U.S. Moreover, as a former chief of staff of the Israeli army, he is professionally knowledgeable about the arms for which he deals.

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