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A large section of the Turkish press has voiced disapproval of the Arab countries’ policy against Israel and has expressed fear that this campaign will further put off the prospects of peace and security in the Middle East, with which Turkey is deeply concerned.

Although the Turkish press disapproves of the recent Israeli acts of retaliation, it has noted that the Arab states are to blame for the present state of tension which has produced these acts. It has been pointed out by independent newspapers, pro-government and opposition press that Israel has made a number of attempts to end the trouble in the Middle East and to bring about a stable peace. The general opinion expressed by Turkish press and political circles is that both sides should be willing now to accept compromises in order to end the problem.

The semi-official “Zafer” noted that Israel cannot be held responsible alone for the recent border incidents, pointing out Israeli attempts to conclude peace. The pro-government “Milliyet” predicted that the Arabs would not succeed in their campaign of destroying Israel by economic and political pressure, by prolonging “the abnormal status of armistice” and by creating trouble on Israel’s frontiers. The opposition newspapers “Dunya” and “Yeni Ulus, ” sharing these opinions, call for immediate peace talks between the parties.

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