UNITED NATIONS: Verdict Against Israel

"Shocking," "heinous," and "outrageous" were some of the terms in which members of the U.N. Security Council last week roundly condemned Israel's December raid on Syrian frontier outposts near the Sea of Galilee, in which 56 Syrians and six Israelis were killed. It was Israel's fourth such "reprisal" attack in two years, and, in the words of the U.S.'s Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., "a deed so out of proportion with the provocation that it cannot be accurately described as a retaliatory raid."

The issue within the council was whether Israel should be punished as well as censured. The Syrians had...

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