NEW YORK (Jul. 9)
Leading New York newspapers today sharply criticized the Arab states for renewing their assault on the state of Israel and expressed the hope that ways could be found to stop them.
The New York Times said that “responsibility falls squarely on the leaders of the Arab states.” It expressed the hope that the U.N. Security Council “will find the courage to deal” with the Arab “challenge” as it deserves.
The New York Herald-Tribune, while hoping that “the Arabs can be made to feel the weight of responsibility which their decision entails,” stated: “Were the Arabs to be declared aggressors by the U.N., sanctions could be imposed upon them, if they remained obdurate. And even if the U.N. action was not effective, individual nations might make their influence felt to bring the Palestine war to an end.”
The New York Sun said: “An extension of the truce can be opposed only on the grounds that the shedding of blood and the exercise of force provide arguments superior to those that can be put at a conference table.” It pointed out that “the burden of facing world opinion will fall upon the Arab states.”
The New York Poet, charging in an editorial that “the Arab nations are not interested in a Just peace and are determined to wage war,” urged that the United States “place her resources at the command of the United Nations with a demand that they be used to enforce the peace and stop once and for all the outlaws of the Middle mast who have become the spiritual heirs of Hitler.”