Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin Sunday bitterly denounced last week's United Nations Security Council resolution calling on countries with embassies in Jerusalem to remove them. Speaking after a Cabinet meeting, Mr. Begin read out a harsh statement leaving little doubt that he held US Secretary of State Edmund Muskie personally responsible for allowing the resolution to pass in a "surrender to the pressure of oil blackmail." The US has a veto in the Security Council but abstained in last week's vote.
Meanwhile, fighting along the Israel-Lebanon border continued, with Israeli warplanes on a "routine patrol" over southern Lebanon shooting down a Syrian MIG-21 fighter jet during a short dogfight.