TEL AVIV (Aug. 25)
Druze notables, grimly preparing funeral rites for two Druze watchmen slain Friday near Beit Jubrin, north of Beersheba, said today they planned to ask Prime Minister David Ben Gurion to order : reprisal raid against Jordan to prove again that “Druze blood is not cheap.”
Leaders of Israels most loyal minority group cited the retaliatory raid last year against a Jordanian police station following the murder of two Druze watchmen south of the Dead Sea.
Israeli officials, reporting on results of an initial investigation of the latest killings, said that the Jordanian infiltrators came purely on a mission to kill, a deduction the investigators based on the fact that the killers took only the rifles of their victims leaving untouched several hundred Israeli pounds. Tracks of the killers led to the Jordanian borders.
The victims, who had been guarding a water installation, were brothers, 40 and 30 years old.