MIDDLE EAST: Israel Severs the Arm

As Begin prepares to talk peace, Israelis and Palestinians resume their war

Once again, troops were on the move in the Middle East—and this time, right in the middle of peace negotiations. All one night and through the next day last week, tanks, artillery and ammo carriers rumbled into position along Israel's mountainous border with Lebanon, a jagged 62-mile line that runs from the Mediterranean to the foothills of Mount Herman. Within 48 hours the Israeli forces, some 10,000 in all, were ready to move, and missile boats were poised to strike at Lebanese ports. Then, after...

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