The Crisis in the Middle East: Britain's Traditional Hold Fails
Great events, they say, cast their shadow before them. Small events, on the other hand, may be serviceable in illuminating the past. By common consent Sir Anthony Eden’s speech at the Guildhall in London last November was not a great event: it certainly did not make it easier for Israel and the Arab states to discover common ground, or to move towards that “territorial compromise” which has now become the publicly stated aim of British policy in the area. Instead it did something else: it reminded those concerned, as well as a number of bystanders, of the existence of a rather similar scheme that had to be shelved some ten years ago; and it conse-quently caused many people to wonder whether Whitehall might not be trying to revive a policy which was thought to have been definitely abandoned when Bevin rather reluctantly recognized Israel in 1949.
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