MIDDLE EAST: Gloom in Israel, Joy for the Arabs

The U.S. wants the Palestinians at Geneva

Rosh Hashanah last week marked the first day of 5738 according to the Jewish calendar, but it was not a happy new year in Israel. In Egypt, meanwhile, a smiling President Anwar Sadat declared that it was the best gift he had received for Bairam, the joyful Muslim festival that follows the month-long Ramadan fast. The gift—and the cause of Israeli gloom —was a U.S. policy statement issued by the State Department to the effect that Palestinians "must be represented" at any reconvened Geneva peace talks....

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