ISRAEL: In Abraham's Bosom

More than 3,000 years ago the Egyptians pursued the Jews out of Egypt northward into the desert. Last week in the midst of Succot, or Feast of the Tabernacles (which commemorates their ancient exodus), the Jews were again on the move. This time they were headed south, driving the Egyptians before them. With their occupation of Beersheba,* traditional southern boundary of the biblical kingdom of David and Solomon, the Jews felt they had really come home. Cabled Israel's Ben-Gurion to the forces on the southern front: "With your blood you have reforged the link with our forefather Abraham."

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