UNITED NATIONS: Strongest Censure

The verdict on the grim events of the night of Oct. 14, when Israeli armed forces killed 53 Jordanians and razed the village of Kibya, came late one afternoon last week in Manhattan. The U.N. Security Council, 9 to 0, voted "the strongest censure" of the raid and held Israel entirely responsible. Two nations abstained: Russia, which is busily wooing both Arabs and Israelis, and Lebanon, which sought a stronger resolution.

Through five weeks of debate and backroom maneuvering, the Israelis strove desperately to stave off the vote. Premier David Ben-Gurion denied outright that the raiders were Israeli soldiers, as...

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