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ISRAEL- Lost Self-Confidence

related to weapons systems. The most important precondition for successful conflict-management is, as the last Arab-Israeli war showed, that the principal combatants should be in the main dependent upon the super powers for their supplies. American-Soviet diplomacy has to be geared to sorting out these problems. There is that tricky Cyprus problem. The Middle-East scene is also not tidied up yet. These are, however, problems which are bound to crop up from time to time. After all, detente does not mean that mutual suspicions or contradictions have withered away. Like the good power politician that he is, Kissinger knows well that they will not wither away till the state itself does. Brezhnev will probably agree with him that the possibility of that kind of catastrophe occurring is very remote indeed

ISRAEL- Some Perplexing Questions

viously realised this and made peace with Ali Mian and Faridi with the help of her own representatives of orthodox Muslims. Partly due to this, Muslims in north India gave the Congress an almost total mandate.

Israel s Communists

 have now patched up their differences to put down the Dalit Patters. The RPI leaders will exploit the Panthers' weaknesses. The Panthers have yet to reach the rural areas. Out of the total Buddhist population of 33 lakhs in Maharashtra, 24 lakhs are in the rural areas. The Panthers cannot, therefore, become effective unless the the rural folk accept them as their leaders. Further, Buddhists form only 6.47 per cent of the population in Maharashtra, In only eight districts

Israel s Friend in Europe

The China bogey gave the regime a long lease of life, but the detente with China the regime is seeking so desperately will render all the ready arguments of the past irrelevant. There will be no alibi left for denying the people JUST before his visit to Israel, last month, Willy Brandt reassured Tel- Aviv that he had no intention of pursuing his policy of detente with the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe at Israel's expense and of drawing closer to the Soviet viewpoint on West Asia merely to get into Moscow's good books. But prior to that he bad already made obvious that the Federal Republic was not prepared to make the resumption of diplomatic relations with the Arab countries dependent on Israeli approval. It seems to be becoming clear that Brandt's Ostpolitik entails a balanced West German policy towards the Arab-Israeli conflict. Brandt has categorically refused to act as a mediator in the West Asian crisis as tin's would place him in the middle of the diplomatic cross-fire between the two sides. While he was in Tel-Aviv he stated bluntly: "We are not called on to act as 'an intermediary, nor arc we in a position to do so. The German interest is clear. We want to see a peaceful solution negotiated by and acceptable to those directly concerned". He further stated that part of the purpose of his visit was to convey to the Israeli leaders some of the thoughts that had come up during his recent talks with Nixon and Brezhnev. He also went to the extent of saying that three Arab states


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