MIDDLE EAST: Five Eyes for an Eye

The Jordanian army knew it was coming. Twice in ten days Israeli troops had smashed across the border in reprisal raids for scattered Jordan border incursions. Then, on a Sunday afternoon, a Jordanian machine gun had opened fire on a party of Israeli archaeologists near the border, killing four and wounding 17. The Israeli government had stiffly rejected the official Jordan explanation that a soldier had gone suddenly berserk and fired, and that afternoon the Israeli radio had announced an emergency meeting between Army Chief Moshe Dayan and Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.

From high in the Judean hills that evening,...

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