MIDDLE EAST: Again, the Palestinians

The Middle East peace settlement that U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger had been stitching together suddenly threatened to unravel last week. In a horribly familiar sequence, three Palestinian fedayeen slipped into Nahariya (pop. 21,000), a seaside resort in the Lebanese border area where 48 Israelis had been killed in three earlier fedayeen raids (see map). This time four Israelis died, as well as the three commandos. Israel's initial response was to shell selected targets in southern Lebanon. The raid and the reprisal touched off charges and countercharges, threats and anti-threats...

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