Israel’s Concern over Loss of World Sympathy Somewhat Allayed by Press Comments

Israeli concern that it sacrificed considerable world sympathy by its Dec. 28 reprisal raid on Beirut International Airport was allayed somewhat today by press comments which indicated “second thoughts” on the part of some of Israel’s severest critics. The press reports were introduced at a Cabinet meeting by Foreign Minister Abba Eban. Their consensus was that Israel had been treated unfairly by the United Nations Security Council which unanimously condemned the Beirut raid but made no mention of the Arab terrorist attacks that preceded it. The press comment cited by Mr. Eban came from the Washington Post, the New Statesman in London and from various newspapers in Europe, Asia and Africa.

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