The Middle East: The Next Best Thing

"There is nothing I would not give if I could promise you peace," Israel's Premier Golda Meir said in a message to her armed forces last week, "but I cannot promise it." With no end in sight to the prolonged Middle East crisis, Golda's government offered the troops the next best thing. In advance of the country's 22nd anniversary celebrations this week, the Defense Ministry unveiled three new and formidable Israeli-developed weapons systems: > An almost totally redesigned version of the U.S.-built M48 Patton tank, which now mounts a British 105-mm. cannon,...

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