UNITED NATIONS: Overstatement

According to a legend told by Syria's Faris el Khoury, an Arab counts only happy days in reckoning his age. On that basis, Arabs did not grow much older in the 18-day General Assembly session.

The non-Arab world had tended to look upon the Palestine problem as a quarrel between Britain and the Zionists, as if Arabs did not also live there.* At U.N., the Arabs had their big chance to present their case, overstated it, and in the end lost some of the sympathy they had won.

Arabs staked everything on independence for Palestine right now,...

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