Middle East: Split over Summitry

A little over two years ago, Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser convened the Arab world's first summit conference in Cairo, and managed to build a façade of "Arab Unity" against the common Israeli enemy. In a swirl of fellowship and flowing robes, Arab Kings and Presidents embraced as brothers, organized the Palestine Liberation Organization, set up a joint Arab military command, and created a committee to plan the diversion of Jordan River headwaters flowing into Israel's Sea of Galilee. The façade has been crumbling almost ever since, and last week with the approach of the fourth such summit, scheduled for Algiers...

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