King Hussein himself was at the controls last week when his Royal Jordanian Airline 707 touched down in Washington. The landing was professionally smooth, and so too were his discussions at the White House, where the King briefed President Nixon on his proposal to turn Jordan and the occupied West Bank into a United Arab kingdom of semiautonomous regions after peace is negotiated with Israel.

Initially Hussein had hoped that the unity proposal would become an issue in the Israeli-sponsored municipal elections that took place on the West Bank last week, and that candidates supporting him would be elected. As...

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