Essay: What to Do About Israel

When Menachem Begin came to the White House to introduce himself to Jimmy Carter back in 1977, he brought with him a detailed, top-secret inventory of favors that the Israeli intelligence services had rendered the U.S., such as sharing captured Soviet-made weapons and intelligence reports from agents who had penetrated terrorist organizations. The just-elected Prime Minister intended the catalogue to be Exhibit A in his first call on the U.S. President—documentary proof of Israel's contribution to the political and military interests of the West. Begin believed that Israel could count on the U.S....

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