Forty years ago today, on June 3, 1982, Palestinian terrorists attempted to assassinate Israel’s ambassador to Britain, Shlomo Argov. He was seriously wounded in the shooting attack. Israel retaliated, a day later, with a heavy bombardment of Palestine Liberation Organization command posts in Lebanon, though shortly after the assassination attempt it was already becoming clear that the attack had been perpetrated by a members of Abu Nidal’s organization, which opposed PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and actually operated out of Iraq. The Israeli bombings – with volleys of Katyushas launched at the Galilee in their wake – ended 10 months of quiet on the northern border, which had been achieved with American mediation the previous July.
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