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Not at Face Value

Gumar Jarring, are to follow, However flexible the negotiators may decide to be and whatever pressure the United States and the Soviet Union may exert on them in the direction of peace, any negotiated agreement between the Arab states and Israel is unlikely to succeed, as the Arab-Israeli conflict is no longer two-dimensional. The third dimension is the armed resistance of the Palestinian Arabs. Those the Arab states, Israel, USA and USSR who have at last agreed to negotiations have failed to, or do not wish to, consider this third dimension. Since the Palestinian commandos cannot be effectively pressurised by any external agency to accept a peace unjust to them, there seems to be no likelihood of a lasting peace in the Middle East till there is some move towards the setting up of an independent Palestinian state. There will be many more years of unfortunate bitterness before Israel, Egypt and Jordan have governments popular, progressive and, thereby, strong enough to concede part of the land hitherto occupied by them in order to allow the creation of a homeland for the dispossessed Palestinians.

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