Middle East: Ready for Trouble

Last week marked the 19th anniversary of the United Nations' partition of Palestine, which awarded Europe's displaced Jews 8,000 sq. mi. of land to form the new state of Israel and sent 1,300,000 Palestinian refugees drifting into neighboring Arab countries. The bitterness engendered by that partition seems to have deepened rather than dissipated over the years, and Israel's raid on the Jordanian frontier village of Samu (TIME, Nov. 25) has fired it to the danger point. Warned Jordan's King Hussein: "The tensions built up by the events of the last two weeks have created the most explosive situation since the...

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