Inside The White House: Undercutting A Peace Mission

Colin Powell's new Middle East envoy, retired Marine General Anthony Zinni, has a gigantic task--and some folks back home aren't making it any easier. On his first trip to the region last week, he was hit with tough talk from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and a series of bombings on Thursday and Saturday that saw nearly 200 casualties. But at least the Israelis and Palestinians say they wish Zinni well. Not so some Bush Administration hard-liners, who tell TIME they are worried Zinni will pressure Israel to make concessions to P.L.O. leader Yasser Arafat. "I don't like the whole idea...

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