Without U.N. swords to back the plan which the General Assembly had penned, Palestine partition would fail. Last week the harassed U.N. Palestine Commission publicly acknowledged that steely fact.

Since the Assembly approved partition Nov. 29, not one major step had been taken to realize the plan. Washington, whose backing had helped win U.N. approval for partition, was now reluctant to support it (see NATIONAL AFFAIRS). The Arabs, who have stridently defied the U.N. plan ever since it was voted, last week repeated a familiar boast. Said the Arab Higher Committee for Palestine (which speaks for the ex-Mufti of Jerusalem)...

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