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Israel Reportedly Urged Not to Attack During Summit

December 07, 1987|Reuters

WASHINGTON — The United States and other Western governments have urged Israel to refrain from retaliating during the superpower summit for a Palestinian guerrilla raid in which six Israeli soldiers died, the Washington Post said Sunday.

Citing unidentified U.S. and Israeli sources, the paper said the requests stemmed from concern that Israel may be planning an attack into Lebanon during the Dec. 7-10 summit between President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev in Washington.

Israeli officials have acknowledged the pressure but insist they will not allow it to interfere with their decision on whether to retaliate, or when, the newspaper said.

The retaliation would be for a Nov. 25 attack in which Palestinian guerrillas used hang gliders to land near an Israeli army base. Israel has charged that the attack was launched from the Syrian-controlled Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon.

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