Iraq and a Hard Place

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King Abdullah and Queen Rania with food and medicine for Palestinians

Whenever the Middle East suffers instability, people like Ismail Hodeib feel the pain. Twice war has forced the 48-year-old Jordanian on the run, from a home in the West Bank and then a job in the Persian Gulf. After Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994, his prospects improved. Foreign tourists, including busloads of Israelis, flocked to his family's rustic restaurant north of Amman. Last week, as Hodeib surveyed tables once teeming with shish kebab and Oriental salads, a shrug came easier than a smile. "Things are worse, 100% worse," he says. "Life was getting better, but then everything...

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