Armaments Battle of Jericho

Moscow's minuet over a missile

Sometimes it is hard to tell not just the players but the game. Take the furor over Israel's Jericho II missile. Ever since the existence of the medium-range missile made headlines last month following a report in the Geneva-based journal International Defense Review, Moscow has been warning that the new weapon is an ominous escalation of the nuclear arms race. The Jericho II "is a direct challenge to the Soviet Union," claimed Radio Moscow in its Hebrew- language broadcast. Responding to reports that an advanced version of the Jericho II might have a range of 900 miles, the announcer added, "Israel's...