A Letter From The Publisher, May 27, 1974

As the Ma'alot schoolhouse massacre in Israel and the retaliatory air strikes in Lebanon shook the Middle East last week while Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was trying to negotiate peace, TIME'S bureaus deployed on both sides of hostile borders. In Israel, the Jerusalem bureau's David Halevy and Photographer David Rubinger raced to Ma'alot. For an eyewitness report at the climax of a day's excruciating vigil, Halevy moved into the school building with a wave of Israeli paratroopers. Says Halevy, who was wounded in the October war: "I have seen many terrible scenes as a soldier and as a journalist. But...

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