The Middle East: Commando Decision


The screeching disunity of the Arab world is never more obvious than when Arab leaders get together for periodic stabs at summitry. Meeting last week in Cairo, the premiers of the 13-nation Arab League showed themselves even more divided than usual. Only five states sent their premiers. Tunisia, understandably annoyed because Cairo mobs set fire to its ambassador's residence in April, boycotted the conference entirely.

As visual, the principal object of attention was Israel. Syria claimed Israeli artillery fire had halted work on the Arab project to divert the headwaters of the Jordan, called for a unified Arab air...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!