The immediate aftermath of the Suez crisis brought an expanded and redefined mandate for the United Nations, isolation within the UN for Israel, and Israel's further estrangement from the United States. Nearly all UN members, including many of Israel's tested friends, thought the resort to force had been unjustified. A return to the status quo ante, no matter how unsatisfactory, was seen as the only realistic basis for stability. And the consensus was that stability in the region could be achieved only with a restoration of the armistice regime.