Israel: Returning Fire

Attacks both inside and out

The operation might have been torn from the pages of the Little Drummer Girl, John le Carré's Middle Eastern thriller. Three young Palestinian terrorists slip across the Lebanese border into Israel, where a man with a Lebanese passport and a woman with one from the U.S. supply them with weapons. Then, on a sunny morning last week, the three drive a rented red Autobianchi up crowded King George V Street in West Jerusalem. Two of them enter a sporting-goods store and, in Arab-accented English, nervously ask to try on some jeans.

When they emerged from the...

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