Middle East: Edging Toward an Explosion

MIDDLE EAST

Edging Toward an Explosion

Amid the first tentative steps toward peace in Southeast Asia, the Middle East edged closer to an explosive new war between the Arabs and Israel. The fresh hostilities flared, as usual, in the name of retaliation—that modern word for the Biblical "eye for an eye" that both sides have employed to justify repeated violations of the 17-month-old ceasefire. Last week it was Israel's turn to retaliate. A few days earlier, the Egyptians had unleashed a sudden Sabbath rocket and artillery barrage that killed 15 Israeli soldiers...