Middle East: A Quiet Little Memorandum

Vague though it is, a U.S.-Israeli pact stirs up trouble

The brief 700-word document was signed without fanfare by Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon and U.S. Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger at an informal dinner at the National Geographic Society in Washington. The occasion was so low-key that neither the press nor television was invited. And, in what seemed an extraordinarily calculated effort to play down the whole affair, the Pentagon failed even to give its customary briefing afterward. Sharon pronounced himself pleased nonetheless. "The agreement is a very wide one," he...

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