UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (Oct. 2)
The Middle East situation, not only in regard to Arab-Israeli issues but also from the point of view of intra-Arab rivalries, will come to the forefront here again tomorrow, when King Hussein, of Jordan, is scheduled to address the General Assembly.
Speculation was rife here today as to how far King Hussein is likely to go in deflating openly the claims put forth by United Arab Republic’s President Gamal Abdel, Nasser. There was no doubt whatever that the King of Jordan came to the United Nations determined to blast Nasser, whom he holds responsible for the recent assassination of Jordan’s Prime Minister Majali.
However, it was also evident to all observers here that heavy pressures were being brought on the Jordan ruler by various Arab delegations to keep him from exploding the intra-Arab quarrels openly. Arab representatives have been urging Hussein to concentrate his fire against Israel, instead of assailing Nasser, urging that Arab “unity” demands such a course.
Meanwhile, Nasser’s spokesman here indicated today that he has “decided” not to travel throughout the United States to address various groups. including Arabs living in this country. The UAR spokesman said their chief is expected to return directly to Cairo this week.
Both leading New York newspapers, the New York Times and the New York Herald Tribune, came out with editorials against Nasser. The Times urged the United States Government not to back Nasser for a seat in the UN Security Council, since he is violating the Security Council’s decisions to have the Suez Canal open to all nations. The Herald Tribune said that Nasser’s talk at the UN, advocating international peace, is meaningless as long as he refuses to come to peace terms with Israel. “Amity, like charity, begins at home,” the paper pointed out.