Middle East: Commando Riposte

Each fresh stage of violence in the Middle East has been marked by mu ual vengeance for major provocations by each side. Last week was no exception. Both sides went beyond their now familiar tactics of artillery duels along the Suez Canal and Israeli air force sweeps of Arab fedayeen positions in the Jordan River valley. In a new in tensification of their struggle, the Arabs and Israelis launched a damaging string of commando assaults.

Israel was the victim of the week's most spectacular raid, a strike at its oil installations at Haifa, the country's chief seaport. In the early...

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