The World: Middle East: Cease-Fire in the Balance

YOUR hair is too familiar and too tempting a target," General Haim Bar-Lev gently suggested. So David Ben-Gurion, 84, obediently accepted a beret and pressed it down over his distinctive white mane. That done, Israel's first Premier and Defense Minister last week followed Chief of Staff Bar-Lev on a tour of Suez Canal fortifications.

Ben-Gurion was impressed but occasionally baffled. Inside one of the intricate bunkers along the Bar-Lev line, he demanded: "What kind of Hebrew word is 'bunker'?" An escort explained: "We use 'bunker' because we have not yet got around to Hebraizing...

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