MIDDLE EAST: Softhearted Zaim

At Mahanaim, in Galilee, near the place where Jacob once wrestled all night with an angel, Syrian and Israeli representatives met last week, after 3½ months of haggling, to conclude an armistice on the last active front of the Palestine war.

For Israel, the chief fruit of the armistice was the promise that Arab soldiers finally would be withdrawn from all the territory allocated to her under the U.N. partition plan. For Syria, the armistice meant that paunchy little Dictator Husni Zaim could throw himself wholeheartedly into his pet project—proving that he is not a dictator.

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