ISRAEL: Inky Water

Like bouquets at the opening night of a smash hit, de facto recognitions showered down on the new, muscle-flexing state of Israel. They came from France, the Benelux countries, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland.* Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland promised action soon. Most important of all, recognition was announced by Great Britain.

Britain's balky, bumbling Foreign Secretary Bevin had been urged by the U.S. to grant recognition before the Israeli elections last week, in order to encourage the Israeli moderates against the extremists. But Bevin stubbornly refused to be hustled. As it turned...

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