The U.N. Tangle Over Jerusalem:
Prospects for a Settlement
Behind closely guarded walls somewhere in the broad but sparsely populated territories knit together by King Abdullah’s British-trained Arab Legion, emissaries of Jordan and Israel are currently parleying for a treaty of peace. With the white-bearded Hashemite monarch in alert attendance on each occasion, the negotiators have already met six times, and every meeting has recorded progress toward a pact—the first to be achieved between the new Jewish state and any of the angry Arab neighbors ranged along its borders.
The rest of the world has more at stake in these talks than merely a formal cessation of armed hostility between two small countries in the far-off Middle East The parleys, by all present tokens, are likely to shape the foundations for the final settlement of a crisis in which the hopes of three world religions—Moslem, Christian, Jewish—and the prestige of the United Nations are vastly involved: the struggle over the internationalization of the Holy City of Jerusalem.
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