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Danger of Renewed Warfare Between Arab Lands and Israel Persists, U.S. Expert Says

March 24, 1950
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Danger of renewed Arab-Israel hostilities persists, Dr. J.C. Hurewitz, former Palestine specialist in the State Department and U.S. Office of Strategic Services, said in a report which will be published tomorrow by the Foreign Policy Association.

Reporting that the Arab League countries are now engaged in an arms race with Israel, Dr. Hurewitz said that “the most pressing need in the Arab east today is to reach a formal peace settlement in Palestine.” The report also pointed out that British influence in the Middle East has swiftly declined since the end of World War II.

Dr. Hurewitz characterized U.S. policy in that area as “fumbling.” “Any weakening of British power in Arab lands without a strengthening of U.S. influence must, from Moscow’s point of view, bolster the Soviet position,” he said in his report. He disclosed that Communist parties in the Arab world, which numbered 35,000 members at the most, have diminished since Russia endorsed the partition of Palestine.

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