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Western Views on Israel and Arabs

January 13, 1991

Finally, we can read an article in The Times that appears to get a bit closer to the core of the matter.

Eqbal Ahmad says that in violation of American laws prohibiting aid to countries engaged in proliferation of nuclear arms in areas of conflict, Israel not only has accumulated hundreds of nuclear bombs, but also has obtained missiles from the U.S. to deliver them anywhere it sees fit. Cleverly, the Israelis have painted the Middle East situation in a black versus white picture of "us" against "them" and the U.S. government has swallowed this bait. Thus, the U.S. is forced to follow in the footsteps of the colonial powers which caused this debacle in the first place, namely Great Britain and France after World War I.

Ahmad was mistaken in only one point: What Arabs know and we don't. We also know, we know very well indeed, even though the U.S. press, television services and government would have us believe otherwise.

ROBERT MEYERHOF, Beverly Hills

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