World: Arab Summit: Poles Apart

IT was 24 years ago that Egypt's King Farouk assembled royalty and high officials from six other countries at his luxurious country estate at Inshass for the first Arab summit on the Palestinian problem. That conclave broke up after agreeing on some high-sounding platitudes, most of its principals were subsequently assassinated or forced out of office. The discouraging precedent of that initial summit has been echoed virtually every time Arab leaders have gathered to wrestle with the Palestinian problem. The meeting called in Cairo last week by Egypt's President Gamal Abdel Nasser was...