Middle East: A Bitter Exchange


"Revenge this!"

The cry broke out in an angry crowd surrounding Israeli Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin in Jerusalem, and it thundered across Israel like the wrath of Jehovah. The talk in the streets and in newspaper editorials was of vengeance, and Israeli leaders promised to wreak it. A 2,500-ton Israeli destroyer had been sunk by Egyptian rockets, with the loss of 49 lives, and there was no doubt in either Egypt or Israel—or, for that matter, anywhere else—that retaliation was not far behind. The only questions were when, where and how...

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