Israel an Embarrassment of Problems

Security officials are rendered red-faced by a trio of scandals

Israel's once vaunted security and intelligence services last week suffered through one of the worst weeks in memory. The attacks were political rather than military, but they were just as devastating and came on several different fronts. The agencies faced three situations--two in Israel and one in Washington.

The most serious problem grew out of the 1984 killing by Israeli security forces of two Palestinian bus hijackers. A total of four Palestinians commandeered a bus south of Tel Aviv, and one Israeli woman soldier on board was killed. Officials initially said that two of the terrorists died in an army assault...

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