The Middle East: Sound & Fury

The Middle East has undergone so many Arab-Israeli alarums since Israel became a state 19 years ago that even the antagonists often find it difficult to take one another seriously. They huff and they puff, they bluster and threaten, they move troops around like toy soldiers, but—with the single tragic exception of the war over Suez in 1956 —their bravado has rarely amounted to more than local skirmishes. Last week the area once more seemed on the brink of disaster—and this time the huffing and puffing was more serious. In the closest that Israel and the Arab countries have...

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