The Middle East: Assault on Salt


When Israeli jets whooshed low over the Jordanian town of Salt one midmorning last week, the townspeople paid scant heed. Though Salt is only 13 miles from King Hussein's palace in Amman, the incursion was not unusual. Jordan's air force was destroyed in last year's Six-Day War, and Israel has had the virtual freedom of Jordanian skies ever since. This time, however, the Israeli overflight was far from routine. Angered by daily raids on Israeli-occupied territory by Jordan-based Arab commandos, Israel had decided to make use of its air superiority...

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