ISRAEL: A Nation Sorely Besieged

Bet She'an (House of Rest) is a dusty little village in the Jordan Valley inhabited mostly by Sephardic Jews, who immigrated to Israel from North Africa. According to the Book of Samuel, the community is the place where the victorious Philistines hung the bodies of King Saul and his son Jonathan on the city gates as trophies of war. Last week there were other human trophies of war in Bet She'an, as the townsfolk surrendered to a paroxysm of anger that symbolized the black and explosive mood of embattled, besieged Israel today....

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