Middle East: Candidate Perers Meets the Arabs

MIDDLE EAST

His not-so-secret talks stir up a fuss on the eve of Haig's visit

Shimon Peres' El Al 707 jetliner was touching down at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport when the controversy erupted. Israeli television reported that Peres had made a detour during a trip to Western Europe for a "secret" get-together with Morocco's King Hassan, and that he had also met with a Jordanian envoy.* Secret diplomacy with the Arabs may not be new for Israel, but the country is just three months away from elections, and Labor Party Leader Peres is Prime Minister Menachem Begin's principal challenger....

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