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The Crisis in the Middle East: Is an Arab-Israeli War Inevitable?

- Abstract

It is only too plain that further Western reluctance to deal sternly with the Arabs will have dismal consequences for all concerned in the Middle Eastern crisis —including the Arabs. The only party guaranteed to profit from present Anglo-American timidity is the Soviet Union.

It cannot be proved beyond a doubt that a strong policy in the past would have averted today’s dangerous position. But it can be demonstrated with near-mathematical precision that a weak policy in the future will produce extremely unpleasant results.

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