Israel: Point, Counterpoint

Point, Counterpoint

Former Defense Minister Ariel Sharon and the retiring U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Samuel Lewis, are known to harbor a deep animosity for each other. But until now Lewis has avoided public criticism of Sharon, currently Minister of Industry and Trade in Israel's coalition government. As he prepared to leave for home last week after eight years as ambassador, Lewis recalled for Israeli television a December 1981 meeting between Sharon and Philip Habib, then the U.S. special envoy in the Middle East. The session was held six months before the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. Sharon, said Lewis, outlined plans for invading Lebanon...

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