Big-Power Commitments in Middle East
Secretary general Dag Hammarskjold's recent peace mission to the Middle East has been sufficiently successful to afford a breathing spell in a situation of tension that for weeks threatened to explode into war. Agreements achieved through the perseverance of the head of the United Nations secretariat neither removed fundamental obstacles to a settlement between Israel and the Arab states nor altered the military balance of power in that region. However, they helped to pin down the obligation of those countries to stop the clashes that have exacerbated their relations and made the region a serious danger spot. The resulting calm may be only temporary, but it at least gives opportunity to press the search for solutions that will eliminate dangers ...