World: The War of the Long Breath

A thousand days have passed since Israeli jets and tanks swept out of a June sunrise to demolish Arab air power in five hours and Arab armies in six days. Since then, the Middle East balance has scarcely shifted, despite Arab threats of renewed war and big-power efforts toward peace. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser's war of attrition, designed "to regain by force that which was taken by force," has been foiled by successful Israeli reprisals and pre-emptive strikes. The result is a war of stalemate—what Guerrilla Leader Yasser Arafat last week called...