MIDDLE EAST: To Bring Forth a New Union

To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, wrote Sir Isaac Newton in his third law of motion. He might also have been describing a political law for the Middle East. Last week, only days after Gamal Abdel Nasser had announced the union of Egypt and Syria in a new United Arab Republic, the Kings of Jordan and Iraq reacted by proclaiming a union of their two nations in a rival Arab Federation.

Chief engineer was Jordan's doughty young (22) King Hussein. As he well knew, the Palestinian Arabs and refugees who comprise two-thirds of his 1,500,000 subjects were...

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