MIDDLE EAST: Another Week of Rhetoric and War Jitters

The Middle East was going through a spell of war jitters last week, another period of tension of the kind that has afflicted it since last spring. The basic reason was the absence of any fresh movement toward a peace settlement, and the reluctance of the principals to negotiate boldly toward achieving that end. The symptoms were a spate of new incidents of border righting between the Israelis and the fedayeen and a disturbing rise in the reckless rhetoric of war.

Terrorist Bomb. The Israelis were back attacking Lebanon last week, this...

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