"Shot at?" Pretty young (27) Mrs. Betty Tobin, a U.N. secretary, pondered the question. She was one of the advance party of the Palestine Commission. "No," she concluded, "it wouldn't scare me. I was in London during the blitz, and you get kind of hardened to it."

The six members (four men, two women) of the advance party would need all the hardening they had. Keeping their arrival plans secret, they took off this week from New York City's LaGuardia Field. First stop: London. Destination: the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, where, under British protection, they would try to prepare...

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