Middle East If: We Will Do What We Please


Amid scowls between Israel and the U.S., a smile for the Soviets

During a session of the Israeli-Lebanese troop-withdrawal talks in the northern Israeli town of Qiryat Shemona last week, the chief Israeli military delegate, Major General Avraham Tamir, suddenly turned to top U.S. Negotiator Morris Draper, who is attending the negotiating sessions. Looking Draper straight in the eye, the General said in a loud and angry voice, "Nobody is going to influence us on matters of our defense. We will do what we please."

The incident dramatized the uneasy relations between the...

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