EYEWITNESSES: Reports from The Meaningless War

From their vantage points on both sides of the war, TIME correspondents in the Middle East last week sent the following battlefront reports.

From William Mormon, with Israeli forces in the Sinai:

"How about that Israeli task force operating on the west bank of the Suez Canal?" we asked the senior officer, who walked with the stiff waddle characteristic of an aging warrior. He removed his goggles, revealing the dark eyepatch that left no doubt about who the officer was. Defense Minister Moshe Dayan replied coyly: "That is, how you say, the $64,000...

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