WASHINGTON (Jun. 17)
Sen. Mark O. Hatfield warned yesterday that the United States must de-emphasize military assistance to the Middle East and must deal with the Palestinian problem in an effort to defuse the basic conflict there. The Oregon Republican declared in a Senate speech that both the United States and Israel must recognize the “basic injustice” done to the Palestinians when Israel was formed in 1948. “We must squarely confront the third rising force in the Middle East, the Palestinian movement,” Sen. Hatfield said. “Our viewpoint must become sensitive to the injustices that the Palestinians feel so deeply, and our policies must be constructed to deal with this sense of injustice.” The admission of injustice “alone would be one of the greatest single steps that could be taken to defuse the present conflict,” he said.