Israel and the Arab States

Archive Report

Dangers to Mid-East of Arab-Israeli Impasse

Unabated tension between the Arab states and Israel is a major factor making for continued instability in the generally unstable Middle East. Some four years have passed since the state of Israel was set up in the Palestine area, but little progress has been made toward establishment of normal relations between the new Jewish nation and its Arab neighbors. No formal peace has been concluded among belligerents in the Arab-Jewish war of 1948–49 and the Arabs still regard Israel as a trespasser on their lands.

The Palestine problem was already beyond the stage of reasonable settlement when first referred to the United Nations by Great Britain, the mandatory power for the League of Nations, in April 1947. A triangular conflict ...

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