The French ambassadors’ residence in Jaffa, Israel, is a gorgeous Modernist house on the sea. The tale behind it, told today in Tablet Magazine by Michael Z. Wise, is as intricate as the building’s right angles are sharp, involving Israeli-Arab cooperation, the 1948 war, espionage, the Haganah, and sabotage. A slide show of photographs from the house accompanies the article. You won’t want to miss either.

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