ISRAEL: The Hard Life

War in the Middle East is "almost inevitable by the summer of this year," Israel's brilliant Ambassador to the U.S., Abba Eban, told a New York fund-raising meeting of U.S. Jews last week. This official Israeli line had an "unless" to it—unless the Western world employs "firm, deliberate and speedy action." The kind of action Israel meant was U.S. arms aid, plus a military alliance. It is "folly," cried New York's old Senator Herbert Lehman, for the U.S. not to stand up for Israel against the Arabs.

Feeling not at all sure that it could count on the West, Israel...

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