THE MIDDLE EAST: Israel Militant

The uneasy border peace between Israeli and Arab was broken last week by the sharpest armed clash since Israel's 1956 invasion of the Sinai peninsula. It began with a sporadic, five-day-long exchange of gunfire over the efforts of Arab farmers to plow up disputed land in the demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria, south of the Sea of Galilee. It became something else when Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion got word at a Cabinet meeting that an Israeli border policeman had been killed in the exchanges. He ordered a reprisal attack of the kind that Israel used to launch...

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