The World: Jerusalem: Days of Mourning

The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places.

How are the mighty fallen.

So, according to the second book of Samuel did Israel's King David lament the deaths of Saul and Jonathan at the hands of the Philistines. Last week an Israeli announcer solemnly intoned those mournful lines before announcing that 1,854 of his countrymen had died in the Yom Kippur War. Although Israelis were prepared for high casualty figures, the magnitude of the toll compared with the 803 fatalities of the Six-Day War nonetheless stunned them. Nearly every household in the nation of 3,200,000 has suffered or knows a loss...

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