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Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's interim Sinai agreement moved a significant step closer to congressional approval last week. Even as it did, one important and widely publicized clause in it already appeared to be in peril. The U.S. will not, after all, provide medium-range Pershing missiles to Israel as Kissinger had promised.

No Warning. The Pershings, whose 460-mile range would have provided Israel with a highly potent deterrent, were limited under Kissinger's agreement to use with conventional warheads. Even so, Arab states were alarmed that Israel might tip the missiles instead with nuclear warheads. Defense Secretary James Schlesinger was also disturbed by...

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