A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 27, 1978

The tip came from an Israeli police source. When he heard the news, TIME'S David Halevy rushed from his home outside Tel Aviv and reached the scene of action before the bus captured by Palestinian terrorists burst into flames. The first journalist to arrive, Halevy got an eyewitness account of the battle with the terrorists that provoked last week's crisis in the Middle East.

Five days later, Halevy again raced to a scene of bloodshed, this time in southern Lebanon, as the Israeli army retaliated against Palestinian terrorist bases. Again he had a vantage...

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