Israel: Troubled Land of Zion

Amid military tensions and internal problems, Israelis face a crucial choice

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Amid military tensions and internal problems, Israelis face a crucial choice

At precisely 11 a.m. one day last week, air raid sirens across Israel sounded a single, high-pitched "all clear" blast for two minutes, and the country came to a standstill. On Jaffa Road in the heart of Jerusalem, pedestrians froze in their tracks. Lounging border troops sprang to attention. Vehicles braked to a halt in the middle of intersections. Bus passengers rose to their feet—as did people all across the nation. In stores, restaurants and offices, conversations stopped, forks were put down, typewriters and business machines...

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