ISRAEL: The Preventive War

As recently as five weeks ago Israel's David Ben-Gurion told his people and the world: "We will never start a war. We do not believe that wars provide comprehensive solutions to historic problems."

When he broke that promise last week, Ben-Gurion acted with the apparent approval and certainly with the complete support of his entire people. They went to war sure of their superior strength and weary of eight years of continuing crisis and uncertainty.

When Israel sprang into existence in 1948, some of its U.N. sponsors wondered whether it would find its...

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