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Young Palestinian Guerrilla Fighter Casts New Heroic Image in Arab World

The young Palestinian guerrilla fighter with his Soviet-made Kalat-chnikoff sub-machine gun is the new hero of the Arab world and his image tends to overshadow that of the middle-aged President Nasser of Egypt who seems to represent the old, discredited establishment, London Daily Telegraph correspondent Richard Beeston reported from Amman today. According to Mr. Beeston, the guerrilla “is not only the biggest single threat to peace in the Middle East but is also a dangerous challenge to the Arab governments which were so humiliatingly defeated.” Arab commandos intend to make sure that there is no “backsliding” by the Arab governments. Mr. Beeston said.

The Telegraph reported from Cairo today that the Egyptian Army and Air Force are not yet ready for another major war and that Soviet officers working with them share this view. According to the paper, there is no war fever in Cairo as there was on the eve of the June, 1967 war. “While bellicose statements appear in the newspapers and emanate from the Arab Socialist Union (Egypt’s only legal political party), officials in Cairo continue to stress Egyptian hopes for a peaceful solution based on the Security Council’s resolution (of Nov. 22, 1967).” the Telegraph said. “However, what appears from Cairo to be Israel’s intransigence tends to harden rather than undermine Egypt’s announced decision not to deal face-to-face with Israel.”

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