ISRAEL: Ticking Bomb

Amid the coups and near coups, the troop landings and the summit thunderclaps that have rocked the Middle East, Israel has kept extremely quiet. Yet the potentially hottest spot in the whole area remains Israel's eastern frontier. If the British should pull out of Jordan, and Hussein's kingdom should fall into the hands of Nasserites, war could break out between Arabs and Jews over Jordan. Israel long ago said it would not "look indifferently at the dismemberment of Jordan." In such a situation, Israel might strike for the west bank of the Jordan River to give itself a more...

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