ISRAEL: Back to Reprisals

Lest the world forget a threat to peace that predates Suez—and probably will outlive it—shooting broke out again last week across Israel's borders. Late one morning Jordan National Guardsmen jumped 30 Israeli troops carrying out a map-reading exercise on the Hebron border and killed six. Next night an Israeli raiding party laid an ambush for probable reinforcements, then blew up a police fort on the Jordan side, killing twelve. Seven more Jordanians died when the Land Rovers in which they were hurrying to the scene drove into the Israeli ambush.

Jordan's reprisal was to kill three Israeli Druze watchmen at an...

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