ISRAEL: Recasting the Crucible

On the eve of Israel's tenth anniversary celebrations, the Israelis scheduled a Jerusalem military parade so big and bristling that some diplomats, notably Britain's Ambassador Sir Francis Rundall, declared that it would embarrass them to be invited: to bring large numbers of troops and heavy equipment so close to the border would be a violation of the Jordanian-Israeli armistice agreement. "If Jordan doesn't mind our bringing heavy stuff up here for one day," huffed an Israeli Foreign Office spokesman, "why should the diplomats worry?"

Diplomatic niceties did not much disturb a proud...

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