ISRAEL: On an Island

Until late into the night, air-raid wardens last week rapped on the doors of Israeli homes, but the new state was not beset by air raids. Israel was getting ready for its first general election. The wardens had been pressed into service to distribute identity cards to the voters. This week, over 400,000 people were expected to go to the polls to elect a Constituent Assembly. The Assembly's 120 members* in turn would write Israel's constitution and act as Israel's parliament. With the Arabs defeated, it remained to be seen how Israel's...

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