Out of Russia and Turkey a cold wave swept into the Middle East, bringing with it a blizzard that raged for 48 hours. Over the Dead Sea and the arid Negeb desert fell a dense blanket of snow, a phenomenon never before recorded in modern Middle East history. Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Cyprus were also hit by the storm, but the infant state of Israel was caught least prepared and suffered most.

Throughout the Holy Land last week telephone lines crashed down, water pipes burst, roads were blocked by snow. For nearly two days, Jerusalem was cut off from the...

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