The Inspector General of Palestine Police stared stolidly at a vase of huge sunflowers. The Commander of the big British garrison, Lieut. General Sir Evelyn Barker, nervously paced around the quiet, white-paneled study in Jerusalem's Government House, smoking one cigaret after another. They were helping High Commissioner Sir Alan Cunningham, who now & then stopped to fondle his dachshund, draft one of the most drastic orders London had ever authorized in its 25 years of mandate over the Holy Land.

It was what General Barker had wanted for many months: a show-down with...

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