ISRAEL: The U.S. Is Annoyed

As U.S. schoolboys fondly recite Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty, or give me death," so Israeli schoolboys like to declaim the Psalmist's powerful text: "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning."

The end of the Arab war in 1948 left the Israelis with only a tantalizing toe hold in Jerusalem. The Arab Legion held the Old City. Since then, the U.N. in three separate resolutions has urged that the entire city be internationalized. But as the Israelis learned during their war for independence, one fait accompli is worth a dozen U.N. resolutions. They set...

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