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Envoy Raps British Press on Mideast

Israeli Ambassador Avraham Kidron complained bitterly about British press treatment of the Middle East in an address to leading journalists and broadcasters here.

He accused them of persistently blaming Israel for “intransigence” for refusing to take steps which he described as “national suicide. “In particular, he referred to Israel’s refusal to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization, whatever the PLO would say about UN Security Council Resolution 242.

He was particularly bitter about the coverage of the Lebanese fighting in The Times and The Guardian, claiming that they misrepresented Israel’s support for the beleaguered Christians in south Lebanon. He also deplored Britain’s support for the recent European Economic Community statement on the Middle East and asked why it had not adhered to its own dictum that too many public statements were harmful to prospects for peace.

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