MIDDLE EAST: Israel Secretly Joins the War in Lebanon

In the darkness of night, Israeli commandos dashed ashore in the Christian-controlled port of Jounieh, some nine miles north of Beirut. As soon as they established contact with the Lebanese garrison, both forces spread out and secured a landing area. A helicopter slowly whirred up from an Israeli cargo ship standing offshore, guarded by a small armada of missile ships. The helicopter, TIME has learned, brought to Jounieh a top Israeli official who spent the night in a series of secret conferences with various Lebanese leaders, then climbed back aboard his helicopter...

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