PALESTINE: War for the Jerusalem Road

It was war in Palestine last week. The hit-&-run raids, the bombings and the skirmishes were giving way to something bigger. Now there were pitched battles, between thousands of men in organized bands, for definite objectives. A prime objective for both Arabs and Jews: control of Jerusalem.

Ever since U.N. voted partition, Arabs have been tightening their grip on the lifeline of Jerusalem's 100,000 Jews—the road to Tel Aviv, which twists from the city through the rocky Judean hills to the coastal plain. The city's Jewish population, which used to buy 80 to...

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