NEW DELHI (Apr. 8)
“Israel is a fact” and the Arab leaders, including Col. Abdel Nasser, should give up the “fiction for the masses” to the effect that Israel can be liquidated. The Times of India, one of the most influential newspapers in this country, declared today.
“Israel, ” The Times of India wrote, “is just as much of a fact as is Communist China- Unless there is unconditional acceptance of this fact, there can be no restoration of West Asian stability. “
“The general failure to recognize realities, ” the newspaper continued, “is a fault of Arab nationalism, The refusal of the West to accept the reality of West Asian nationalism is equalled by the refusal of this nationalism to accept the reality of Israel. How long will this kind of extremism be allowed to deceive the Arabs into the conviction that Israel can one day be obliterated? Israel is a fact, as Communist China is a fact.
“The Arab leaders themselves may be victims of their own propaganda and deliberate incitement of Arab sentiment against Israel.Liquidation of Israel is a fiction for the masses. No one, and least of all. President Nasser, can accept this possibility. “
The newspaper also suggested that “the cause of realism in West Asia might be considerably strengthened” by establishing diplomatic relations between India and Israel. India recognizes Israel, but has no diplomatic relations with the Jewish State.