A Defiant No to Reagan

Begin rejects the U.S. Middle East plan as the Arabs propose their own

The Prime Minister of Israel was in a rage. Standing before the Israeli parliament, his back erect, Menachem Begin lifted his right arm into the air and repeatedly pounded his fist on a table for emphasis. "For you, Mr. President," he declared, addressing his remarks to an American President 6,000 miles away, "this is a political matter. You need to get closer to Saudi Arabia. Maybe you need to shake hands with King Hussein [of Jordan] after he was on no-speaking terms with your predecessor, Mr. Carter."...

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