THE NATIONS: Dead Center

In Paris one day last week, George Marshall and his U.N. delegates seemed all set to tell the Israelis to disgorge their recent military gains in the Palestine Negeb. The day after, however, U.N. watched in momentary amazement as the U.S. fell all over itself to send the whole touchy subject to a subcommittee. What was up? Said one delegate, when asked by reporters, "Address all your questions to the White House." President Harry Truman had made up his mind that nothing should be done to "embarrass" the Israelis.

Also undecided last week was the matter of Berlin. Joseph Stalin...

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