ISRAEL: Promise in the Promised Land?

Israel struck oil last week, right on the fringe of the Negeb desert and only six miles from the Gaza strip. Rushing to the spot from Tel Aviv, Premier Designate David Ben-Gurion clambered down into a pit and dug to watch the first flow of the stuff. "Mazel Tov [Congratulations]," he murmured to the drillers. "When can we start to use the stuff?" Development Minister Dov Joseph hurried off by car to the Weizmann Institute of Science 25 miles away with a pop-bottleful to be assayed.

The finding: better than average quality, the same type as in Iraq's big fields....

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