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Lebanon Protects Jewish Quarter in Beirut; Armored Cars Guard Streets

The Times reported today from Beirut that armored cars were still posted on the street corners of the Jewish quarter where Jews have been largely unaffected during the June war and the Arab bitterness at Israel’s victory, “much to the credit of the Lebanese authorities.” Armored cars also are still posted at the British and American Embassies.

The Arab loss of Old Jerusalem was a “staggering setback” to Lebanon’s attraction as a center for tourism, the Times also reported. People came to the Middle East mainly to see Lebanon and Jerusalem. Lebanon needed a quiet period to deal with economic problems before the June war, which has proved to be a “great blow” to the Lebanese economy, the Times reported.