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Hussein Says Arabs Missed Chance to Destroy Israel During Cuban Crisis

King Hussein, of Jordan, has told the Arab world, in a radio broadcast monitored here and reported today, that he is sorry the Arabs missed “the chance of a lifetime” to destroy Israel while the rest of the world was embroiled in the Cuban crisis.

Declaring that “many of us used to say that progress in the Palestine Question could not be made until a suitable situation arose, ” Hussein stated: “The suitable world situation came with this crisis. ” He blamed the tactics of Egypt’s President Gamal Abdel Nasser and other intra-Arab rivalries for missing this opportunity “to recover the right to our usurped land, ” and said Jordan “could have been the nation” to make such “recovery. “