ISTANBUL (Dec. 19)
The Turkish Government’s espousal of the Arab states’ cause against Israel at the NATO session which ended in Paris today has aroused considerable press criticism here, despite the iron hand with which the government controls the newspapers.
The newspaper Yenigun, in an editorial, suggested that Turkey did not do well by pressing an Arab proposal for which support could not be found at the NATO parley–pushing Israel back to the boundaries set in the 1947 United Nations partition plan. It called the demand for implementation of the ten-year old UN decision “unrealistic.” Yenigun also turned thumbs down on any discussion of the Arab scheme within the Bagdad Pact which, it pointed out, had been created specifically to deal with the Soviet threat.
The newspaper Dunya pointed out that there were only two countries in the Middle East whose political, military and economic interests were identical–Turkey and Israel. Both, the paper said, “are subject to the same enmities and dangers.”