MIDDLE EAST: PlaneTalk on Capitol Hill

The Carter Administration tries a new tack on its sales package

I'm getting some danger signals," Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd told President Carter. House Speaker Thomas ("Tip") O'Neill had a similar feeling. On behalf of their Capitol constituencies, both men advised the President last week of widespread congressional opposition to Carter's proposal to sell U.S.-made jet fighters to Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. No one objected to the sale of 15 F-15s and 75 F-16s to Israel and few were worried about Egypt's purchase of 50 less sophisticated F-5Es. But a number of...

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