World: Collision Course

In the clear desert air, Israeli outposts along the Suez Canal were readily visible targets for Egyptian gunners. The Egyptians aimed their artillery well in advance. Then last week, they suddenly opened up along the 70 miles of the canal with the heaviest sustained barrage that the Arabs have succeeded in laying on the Israelis since their hostilities began in 1948. As shells whined in around them, the surprised Israelis fired back. In a 31-hour duel before both sides bowed to a United Nations cease-fire call, the Egyptians killed ten Israeli soldiers and wounded 18. Israeli shells killed five Egyptian soldiers...