Middle East: Begin's Brash Blitz

Israel extends its law to the Golan Heights

The move was organized with all the boldness, secrecy and speed of an Israeli commando raid—and it had the same kind of impact. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, still recovering from a three-week-old hip fracture, suddenly emerged from his hospital bed early last week to appear in a wheelchair in the Knesset. There he brusquely announced that his government would make into law what Israel has long accomplished in fact: the takeover of the strategic Golan Heights, 444 sq. mi. of rocky terrain captured...

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