ISRAEL: The Ashes of Victory

On a steep sand dune seven miles east of the Suez Canal, sun-blackened members of D Company, 52nd Israeli Armored Battalion squatted under a tank's camouflage netting listening to a radio. "Well, it's all over," said one at Tel Aviv's report of a cease-fire halting their Sinai blitz. "We should have finished Nasser off," said a second. "He's finished already," said a third tankist. "At last we've won a real victory and now we'll get a real peace."

And so Israelis felt last week—for exactly two days. Old (70) Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion,...

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