World: MIDDLE EAST: MOSCOW'S PEACE OFFENSIVE

IN the wake of the latest flare-up in the Middle East, occasioned by the Arab terrorist attack on an El Al plane in Athens and Israel's reprisal raid on Beirut airport, the Soviet Union last week stepped up its latest diplomatic offensive. Its aim: a four-power agreement among the U.S., Russia, Britain and France on a peace package to offer to the Middle East's antagonists.

Behind the Soviet plan is concern that the region's deadly round of raid and retaliation could draw the U.S. and Russia into a showdown that neither wants. The Russians...

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