MIDDLE EAST: Varieties of Violence

"Obligated from both a moral and political viewpoint," as he put it, Israel's Deputy Premier Yigal Allon last week publicly admitted that Israeli planes had dropped bombs on the southern Lebanon town of Hasbaya two weeks ago. The raid, labeled a "preventive" strike, had been aimed at the Palestinian fedayeen encamped in the hills around the village. But because of a technical failure in a jet bomber, said Allon, a number of bombs were dropped on Hasbaya itself. "We never intended to harm peaceful civilians," he said.

Allon was promptly attacked by...

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