Foreign Relations: A Test of Patience & Resolve

The U.S., with welcome support from Britain, gambled against time last week in hopes of settling the Arab-Israeli crisis before it engulfed the Middle East—and perhaps the great powers as well. The object, as British Foreign Secretary George Brown told a hushed House of Commons, was "to prevent confrontation from bursting into conflagration." But whether the gamble would succeed depended on which would be exhausted first—the diplomatic alternatives to war or the patience of the edgy antagonists. "Time," said Britain's Prime Minister Harold Wilson after an urgent meeting in Washington with Lyndon Johnson, "is not on our side."

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