MIDDLE EAST: Harbor No Evil

Israel has never been in the habit of turning the other cheek to fedayeen raids. Far more customary has been instant retaliation, delivered via ground and air and often focused on the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon that have been fertile breeding grounds for fedayeen. But following the June 24 attack on the Israeli seacoast town of Nahariya that cost four Israeli and three Arab commando lives, there was no response—possibly in deference to President Nixon's Moscow trip, possibly because Israeli Defense Minister Shimon Peres was in Washington, D.C., shopping for new...

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