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proach to lower tensions in Europe. Washington's relations with Paris, too, are improving, and Nixon has made no move to replace Sargent Shriver, a Democratic nominee as Ambassador in France. Shriver is known to be very acceptable to the Pompidou elite. If Franco-American relations have not shown greater improvement, it is largely because of French suspicions of American economic encroachment in Western Europe. But the United States has been making no demands of any kind on Paris and, with a weak French Franc, Pompidou is in no position to come hard on America as General de Gaulle did. The United States plays NATO cool, and the original pressures to get Britain into the Common Market have long since been taken off. The only country with which the United States was at odds was Sweden, but after nearly a year, Washington has named an Ambassador to Stockholm There is still much discussion, however, on how to treat. Greece, NEW DEVELOPMENT The United States is shifting its stance and becoming more even-handed in West Asia too. This is a new development which may have interesting consequences. Israel has by no means been abandoned as yet, but it has been told that it cannot always have its own way. Tel Aviv does not any more have the run of the White House as it almost used to do under the Truman, Eisenhower and Johnson Administrations. Nixon may not be a friend of Nasser's, but he is not going to underwrite Golda Meir's adventures in Sinai and elsewhere. The United States Administration has also made it clear that it does not believe Jerusalem should belong to Israel. Rather, Washington wants to see it internationalised. Also, Washington has indirectly given notice that it does not wish to recognise Israel's claims to the fruits of its 1967 aggression. True, the Nixon Administration wants the Arabs to make concessions on their part; it is also true that Israel's disgorging of its conquests is subject to the Arabs meeting certain well-defined preconditions. But the old camaraderie between Washington and Tel Aviv has evaporated. If Washington keeps up the pressures, then it is quite possible to envisage a time when justice may be belatedly, even if half-heartedly, rendered to the Arabs. This turn-around is about the most Important in Nixon's one year of policymaking.

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