MIDDLE EAST: Defying the World

Despite a sixth order from the U.N. General Assembly and a personal appeal from the President of the U.S., Israel dug in on the Gaza Strip and along the Gulf of Aqaba, flatly and firmly refusing to get out. To the U.N. and to Dwight Eisenhower's plea for "a decent respect for the opinions of mankind," Israel last week answered pointedly that "no guarantees have been obtained yet for definite stoppage of Egypt's belligerence and sea blockade of Israel." Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion's Cabinet had decided that until such guarantees are obtained, Israel will defy the world. Said an...

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