THE MIDDLE EAST: Escalating Battle for Peace

Most of the Middle East was bathed in sunshine, but high atop snowy Mount Hermon north of the Golan Heights an ominous battle between Israelis and Syrians raged day afterday. For the past six weeks Syrian guns have off and on bombarded Israeli installations in a concerted effort to convince Israel that it must return captured Syrian territory. But last week the diplomatic cannonading turned into a full-scale battle. Syrian commandos attempted to overrun Israeli positions held since the October war and were beaten back. Aircraft were called in on both sides for the first...

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