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From 50 Years Ago: Back to Levant

Vol III, Nos 51 & 52 December 21, 1968

Back to Levant

US support to Israel in the six-day war and the Arabs’ cataclysmic defeat brought together Arabs of all political hues and necessitated abandonment of the US, and Western, policy of winnowing the so-called moderate Arab leaders from the radicals. Nixon’s approach to the Arabs will aim at reviving this policy by detaching Jordan from UAR through some credible promise of an honourable settlement with Israel.

… One solution is to buy off the Palestinians by holding up the prospect of an independent Palestinian state where they would rule themselves. That some such idea has been mooted is evident from King Hussein’s offer, in an interview with a British paper, to renounce his sovereignty over the west bank of the river Jordan, now under Israeli occupation, if that would lead to a peaceful settlement. But, considering that the Palestinians have been its most unremitting enemies, will Israel permit on its borders an independent Palestinian state without insisting on the most stringent guarantees? And if the guarantees are made too onerous will the Palestinians fall for the new state? These difficulties notwithstanding, this line of approach offers enough attractions from the US point of view to justify it being pushed hard by the Nixon administration.

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