Middle East: The Fifth Foe

Israel is involved in a war of attrition with four neighbors—Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon—that confront it on three sides. When all the fronts are active, life can be hectic for the Israelis. Last week was such an occasion.

Aside from acts of sabotage by terrorists within Israel, there were exchanges of fire along the Suez Canal that killed two Israeli soldiers and wounded eleven. Israeli commandos also staged a swift raid on Egyptian units across the canal, and reported killing eight men while losing two. Israeli regulars and Arab guerrillas fought a...

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