ISRAEL: Fingered Triggers

In a bare, battered stone building in Jerusalem's no man's land, a mild-mannered U.S. Navy commander named Elmo Hutchison strove one day last week to save what passes for peace in the Middle East. From the Jordan delegates sitting on his left and the Israelis on his right came a steady barrage of accusations and complaints. Commander Hutchison, chairman of the U.N. Mixed Armistice Commission, tried patiently to winnow the facts from the frenzy. The problem was to fix responsibility for the cold-blooded massacre of eleven Israelis at Scorpion's Pass (TIME, March 29).

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