A Letter From The Publisher, Jun. 14, 1948

At the close of a recent cable describing the recovery of his censor-held photographs of the fighting in the Holy Land, LIFE Photographer John Phillips added the casual postscript: "FYI, Burke narrowly escaped death outside Jerusalem a few days ago."

Don Burke, chief of TIME Inc.'s Cairo bureau, has been covering the Arab side of the war; Eric Gibbs (who returns to London this week to head up TIME Inc.'s bureau there) has been working the Jewish side. For both it has been an especially difficult story to cover because, as Gibbs explained in...

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