The Soviet response to the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty has been relatively muted with a pro forma denunciation of it as a "betrayal of general Arab interests," as Tass put it today.
In part, the official media here have concentrated on warning against possible American military pacts with the Israel and Egypt, and this concern seems to have pushed other criticisms into a secondary position.
The success of the complex treaty is a bitter pill for the Kremlin, which has sniped sourly from the sidelines ever since Egyptian President Anwar Sadat first journeyed to Jerusalem, and has jeered each time there were reversals in the protracted and frequently angry negotiations.
Some sources here have suggested that the restraint is related to the steady advances now being made by Soviet and American negotiators toward final agreement on a new strategic arms limitation agreement, which would lead to a summit between Soviet lead to a summit between Soviet lead to a summit between Soviet leader Leonid Brezhney and President Carter.
The Soviets long have backed the Palestine Liberation Organization as the legitimate representative or Palestinian statehood yearnings, and disregarded anything Carter has had to say on the matter.
Tass political analyst Sergei Kulik declared today that the treaty means the "creation of 'peace American style' in the Mideast, accompanied with a further arms race in that area."
He predicted the U.S. will continue arms aid to Israel at a higher rate than to Egypt, saying Washington hopes to "turn Israel into its main stronghold against the Arab world, while Egypt is assigned the unenviable role of 'policeman' for the suppression of local conflicts. The realization of these plans must split the ranks of the Arab countries, consolidate Egypt's departure from the united front of struggle against Israel and facilitate the implementation of the imperialist plans of the United States in the Mideast."