Middle East Call Us - We Won't Call You

You As a right-wing government takes power in Jerusalem, the U.S. and Israel trade phone numbers -- and the sharpest gibes yet

An exchange of phone numbers is often the beginning of a romance. The exchange between the U.S. and Israel last week looked more like the prelude to a divorce. In House testimony Secretary of State James Baker complained that if Israel's hawkish new government maintained the line of its first hours in office, Washington would have to give up trying to arrange Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. He added, "Everybody over there should know that the telephone number ((of the White House)) is 1-202-456-1414. When you're serious about peace, call us."

Baker's statement touched off an avalanche of perhaps 8,000 calls to the White...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!