MIDDLE EAST: Peace in a Smoke-Filled Room

Beneath a huge mural showing the temptation of Adam by Eve, tall, husky Dr. Ralph Bunche, acting U.N. mediator for Palestine, sat impassively at the head of the table, with a cigarette dangling, as usual, from his lips. Bushy-haired Dr. Walter Eytan of Israel's Foreign Office smoked a pipe. Both of the colonels from Egypt puffed cigarettes.

Dr. Eytan and Colonel Yigal Yadin, Israeli Chief of Operations, signed the 5,000-word armistice agreement. Colonels Seif edDin and Mohamed Rahmani signed for Egypt. Thus, in a smoke-filled salon of the Hotel des Roses on...

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