Middle East: A Growing Sense of Betrayal

Israel's deceptions threaten to undermine U.S. credibility

How do you deal with an ally you cannot trust? In the eyes of many in the Reagan Administration, that is the central dilemma confronting U.S. Middle East policy in the wake of the Beirut massacre. Teeth gritted, State Department and White House officials acknowledge that they must go on negotiating with the Israeli government of Prime Minister Menachem Begin, if only because any overt U.S. pressure would prompt disaffected Israelis to rally around him, making him even more defiant. But U.S. officials, despite their best diplomatic...

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