International: Crossed Toes

For two days last week the chances for peace in Palestine looked good. The Jews had won their immediate objective—an Egyptian offer to cease fire and talk armistice terms. They quickly accepted. But at week's end the odds in favor of peace were off again.

The Israeli military campaign had been a brilliant, hard-won success, highlighted by a fast three-day invasion of Egypt. Driving down the Egyptian right flank (after a feint at Gaza on the coast), the Israeli forces plunged headlong into Egypt and fought their way to El Arish, over 50 miles behind the frontier.

Everywhere they took the Egyptians by...

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