PALESTINE: You Do It, Johnny

More than 20,000 British troops in maroon berets clamped a cordon around Tel-Aviv, flower of Zionism, while patrol boats sealed the harbor. The all-Jewish population of 200,000 was put tinder a 22-hour curfew. Then the troops moved in with tanks and armored cars, and searched every house, every person for evidence of terrorist activity. In Tel-Aviv hospitals, army doctors X-rayed plaster casts to make sure their wearers were not faking.

First big find was an underground trove in a locked room beneath the Great Synagogue, largest in Palestine. Watched by Tel-Aviv's Jewish...