World: The Middle East: Statesmen Speak and Guns Answer

IN recent weeks, despite continued bitter clashes in the Middle East, U.S. diplomats have detected what seemed to them a few faint signals for peace amid the customary klaxons of war. Both the private and public utterances of the Israelis and of some Arab leaders suggested that, after three years of an increasingly bellicose confrontation, the two sides might be weary of war and amenable to a settlement—if only it could be arranged in a face-saving manner for both. Washington, which has been anxious over the erosion of its own role in the...

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