Nation: Willing to Bet the Farm

"A courageous act," said Harold Blumberg, executive director of Boston's n. American Jewish Committee. "A bold and desperate gamble," wrote the Miami Herald. Said Ted Bonda, an Ohio Democrat and former owner of the Cleveland Indians: "He's put his and the country's prestige on the line," As Jimmy Carter left for the Middle East, Americans by the hundreds phoned the White House, not to voice approval or disapproval but simply to wish the President good luck. There was at first a general assumption that he had received assurances from Israel and Egypt that his trip would be successful Said New York...

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