A Troubled Alliance

Lebanon's shocking week further strains U.S.-Israel ties

Friction between the U.S. and its Middle East ally Israel has been generating rhetorical sparks ever since President Reagan proposed his bold peace plan on Sept. 1. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin's instant and fiery rejection prompted sharp criticism of the Begin government in official Washington and even among a number of American Jews. But all that was eclipsed last week as a series of shocking events in Lebanon set U.S. and Israeli policies on a potential collision course.

First, an assassin's bomb killed Lebanon's President-elect Bashir...

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