NEW YORK (Jan. 31)
The rash of announcements last week of the granting, of recognition to Israel by various nations, including Britain, was today hailed in the New York press as strengthening the Israeli cause both in the Middle East and at the United Nations.
The New York Times, which saw the spate of recognitions as the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the Jewish state, attributed the latest turn in part to the results of the Israeli elections. At the same time, the newspaper warned the Jewish states that while its position vis-a-vis the Arab states is stronger than previously it behooves Israel to remember that many of its economic and political problems are common to all the nations in the Near East.
The N.Y. Herald-Tribune pointed out that Israel’s position in relation to the current negotiations with the Arabs and in relation to its chances for admission to the U.N. has improved as a result of the recognition announcements. The paper emphasized that the most critical aspects of Israeli politics “concern the nation’s relationships with the major blocs of powers and the possibility of a drive for new frontiers, which would upset the current negotiations and bring renewed fears to the Arab states.”
Commenting on the delay in winding up the Rhodes parley, the Herald Tribune declared that “recent developments have made it increasingly obvious that it is the Arab states which have the most to lose by postponing a definitive peace in Palestine.”