In May 1948 the State of Israel came into being, and dramatic developments followed. Since the fall of the previous year I had been writing for the editorial page of the New York Post a series of over fifty articles on the Middle East, signing them Observer. They were widely read, in U.N., in Washington, by Jews. The identity of the author was a much discussed topic. Nobody knew, for several months not even the editor of the Post, Thackrey, who found it out only by a trick on the day the Israeli state was founded. Not many single items served so well the cause in America as these articles.