THE MIDDLE EAST: Divided Partners

In other times, the incident at Gaza might have seemed routine. But last week the foreboding eye of the West was fixed on the bristling cockpit of war that is the Middle East. Egyptian mortars opened fire on Israelis patrolling along the Gaza border, as they had on many another routine patrol before. But this time the patrol, pinned down in a gully, lost three men before Israeli artillery counterfire released them, and the bitter reflex of reprisals began. The Israelis shelled an Egyptian village, the Egyptians replied with mortars on four...

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