MIDDLE EAST: Rounding Up the Strays

In trying to achieve an interim Middle East peace agreement, the U.S. often resembles a sheep dog straining to keep its flock together: as fast as one errant lamb is maneuvered back into line, another one darts away. Last year Washington conceived the idea of "proximity discussions," in which the Egyptians, who refuse to negotiate directly with the Israelis, could do so through a third party, probably U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Joseph Sisco. When the idea was first proposed last year, Egypt agreed but Israel held out. Secretary of State William...

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