Middle East Fallout of an Ugly War

An exchange of prisoners and more bloodletting in Lebanon

"The price is heavy indeed, but we have paid heavy prices in the past . . . I should like to ask every Israeli citizen: If it were your son who was being held in captivity, how would you expect me to conduct myself as Minister of Defense?"

So said Israel's Defense Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, last week as his government completed the most controversial prisoner exchange in the country's history. The swap was lopsided: 1,150 Palestinians and Lebanese, including scores of convicted terrorists, for three Israeli prisoners of war captured in Lebanon in 1982. It involved complex arrangements, took almost 24...

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