"The Israeli Defense Forces have taken postions in West Beirut
to prevent the danger of violence, bloodshed and anarchy."
— Statement by the Israeli Cabinet.
That was the Israeli government's explanation for its decision to send
its armed forces into Muslim-dominated West Beirut last week following the
assassination of Lebanon's President-elect Bashir Gemayel. The Israeli
action alarmed the U.S., which saw it as a violation of a promise
the Israelis made this summer to U.S. Special Envoy Philip Habib while he
was negotiating the withdrawal of Palestine Liberation Organization...
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