Nation: The Fight over Fighters

After weeks of fierce lobbying, Carter's plane sale looked ready to fly

Congressional victories never seem to come easy for Jimmy Carter —when they come at all. So there was reason for quiet euphoria mixed with continuing wariness at the White House last week when the Administration moved a major step forward in its uphill battle to sell $4.8 billion worth of U.S. jet fighters to Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. In an 8-to-8 tie vote, following days of intensive and bipartisan lobbying, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee declined to reject the three-part arms...

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