A Letter From The Publisher: Feb. 21, 1983

Over the years, reporters covering Israeli internal affairs have found that the politics of that freewheeling democracy are noisy, but usually nonviolent. This emotional climate may be changing, as members of TIME's Jerusalem Bureau learned while preparing this week's cover story on the Israeli crisis generated by the Beirut massacre commission report. When a hand grenade was thrown into a crowd of demonstrators in Jerusalem, TIME's Robert Slater was standing 100 yards away, near the front door of the Prime Minister's office. "In the past decade," he says, "I have spent hundreds of hours...

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