MIDDLE EAST: For an Early Closing

The situation in the Middle East last week was like one of those intricate real-estate closings when an Empire State Building changes hands: everything seemed to be contingent on something else.

The Syrians said they would start the Iraq Petroleum Co.'s big pipeline pumping again only when the Israelis cleared out of Egypt. The Egyptians said they would start talking about a Suez Canal settlement if the Israelis would pull their remaining troops back from the Gaza strip and from the Egyptian forts commanding the entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba. The Israelis...

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