MIDDLE EAST: Bombs and Ugly Rhetoric

The Arab world reacts in anger to "the traitor's treaty"

Even as Israel's Premier Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat flew to the U.S. for the treaty-signing ceremony in Washington, the euphoric glow surrounding Jimmy Carter's diplomatic success was beginning to fade. The dark prospect of an oil crunch loomed in the months ahead. Arab countries quickly vowed to exact their revenge on Egypt for signing what Damascus radio called "the traitor's treaty." Even moderate Arab states like Saudi Arabia and Jordan warned that the treaty was doomed because it did not...

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