PALESTINE: No Shalom

The café overlooking the teeming beach was jammed with Sabbath idlers sipping blood-red gazoz, Tel Aviv's favorite syrup-and-soda drink. One youth sat quietly alone, smoking cigarets and drinking thick Turkish coffee. Two men approached his table, murmured "Shalom" (Peace), the traditional Jewish greeting. "Shalom," the youth replied. The two sat down.

The three men represented the three Jewish resistance groups in Palestine: 1) Haganah (Defense), largest and most nearly moderate; 2) Irgun Zvai Leumi (National Military Organization), and 3) the Stern Gang, both outlawed advocates of terror. For hours they argued vehemently in the cigaret smoke haze. But in the end...

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