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King Hussein, in Kuwait, Seeks to Rally Support for New Arab Summit Meeting

April 17, 1968
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King Hussein of Jordan arrived in Kuwait today to rally support for an Arab summit that would form a militant front against Israel. Jordan’s main new point is the accusation that Israel is establishing permanent settlement on the territories it occupied last June.

The Cairo newspaper, “Al Ahram,” said special envoy Gunnar Jarring of the United Nations would arrive In Cairo Wednesday for talks that could decide next Arab moves, The newspaper said Egypt demanded that Dr. Jarring bring back decisive word” on the implementation by Israel of the Security Council resolution of last November, which called for withdrawal of Israeli troops from occupied territories.

In an editorial entitled, “Blackmail,” the Washington Post editorially assailed today President Nasser’s declaration that Egypt was “fully prepared to support and arm the Palestine resistance movement.” The newspaper said it might raise his stock among Arab extremists who favor violence “but more reasonable Arabs, and other men with a wish for peace, can only be dismayed.”

The Post said “even if Nasser is only bluffing, his words will have a triply damaging effect; to incite Arab terrorists, to undermine diplomats on all sides and to evoke an answering toughness from Israel. A more damaging formula could scarcely be devised.”

The editorial declared that Nasser had in the past looked to a United Nations settlement “but he is now again preaching violence, perhaps as much to scare the United States into pressuring Israel as to reassert his own primacy among Arab militants. It Is perfectly fair for Egypt to try by political means to hitch up American influence behind its own goals. A case can be made that American policy has appeared too partial to Israel to give the United States the standing it might otherwise have in Arab lands. But to use threats of violence to blackmail Washington is intolerable.”

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