THE NATIONS: Diplomatic Explosion

An icy gale whipped the trees along Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard and tore at the policeman on guard before the Soviet legation to Israel. While he patrolled the front, someone neatly clipped a hole in a wire fence at the rear, crept through and placed a bomb—six pounds of high explosives in a thin metal container—against a wall of the somber grey stone legation. The bomb went off with a crash that shook Tel Aviv and sent diplomatic shock tremors across the world.

A fast-thinking French correspondent dialed the legation—6551—and asked in Russian:...

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