Middle East: Violence Begets Violence

An Israeli Ambassador is shot, and Jerusalem strikes back

Shortly after 11 p.m., Israel's Ambassador to Britain, Shlomo Argov, left a diplomatic dinner at London's Dorchester Hotel and walked toward his waiting car on fashionable Park Lane. Suddenly, a man who had been loitering near by opened fire on the Israeli envoy, wounding him critically. The gunman, later identified as an Arab student, was shot down by police as he attempted to get away.

It was an act of brazen political violence that seemed to invite reprisals. But no one was prepared for the...

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