World: The Middle East: Persuasion Amid Peril

THE most hopeful factor in the Middle East crisis is the attitude of the two superpowers that stand behind the antagonists. Last week, in unmistakable words and diplomatic signals, the U.S. and the Soviet Union told their respective allies that it was time to stop stalling and get on with negotiations.

The strongest words were those of Soviet Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev, who publicly threw Russia's support behind the peace efforts. "It is very important for the peaceful forces in the Middle East not to let the initiative slip away and not to allow...

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