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Stevenson Criticizes Republican Stand on Middle East

Adlai E. Stevenson, the Democratic presidential candidate, sharply criticized the Republican Party’s platform plank on the Middle East today. He asserted that “it ignores the Suez crisis; it ignores the smoldering fires of hatred and mistrust that menace the peace in the Middle East.”

An “analysis” of the Republican platform plank, made by the Democratic National Committee, accused the Republicans of inconsistency. It said that “although the G. O. P. platform says that progress toward a just settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict was upset by the Soviet bloc sale of arms to the Arab countries, it recommends no steps to redress the imbalance, merely says ‘the best hope for peace in the Middle East lies in the United Nations.'”

The statement then pointed out that the Democratic plank promised defensive arms to Israel and other steps, including security guarantees, to deter aggression.