Arab "Good Neighbors"
Shortly after the Suez crisis in a period which Hammarskjold variously described as "convalescence," "the lull after the sound and fury," "germination time," he was asked what his next move might be toward peace in the Middle East.
He was "groping for the best road," he said. His mind was completely open, trying to spot "where there seems to be a road between the trees." But the road suddenly took a sharp turn into another part of the forest as intra-Arab rivalries and disputes in which the great powers were dangerously entangled, moved to the forefront, with Israel a sidelines spectator.
The issue was Nasserism--whether pan-Arab aspirations could only be achieved through unification under President Nasser and Egypt. Cairo's attractive power as the center of Arab nationalism had been enhanced by the Suez events. The union of Syria with Egypt in early 1958 gave another great