Mlpdle East: More Time to Talk


As midnight approached, the nonchalant mood that had prevailed along both banks of the Suez Canal swiftly evaporated. The 90-day cease-fire negotiated by the U.S. was ticking to an end. Israeli and Egyptian soldiers crept back into their bunkers. Lights were doused, guns cocked, vehicles halted, radios turned down, movies canceled. But midnight passed with no more hostile sounds than the whine of the wind and the soft swish of the canal water.

Major Difference. Neither side seemed eager to resume fighting. While the cease-fire might thus have continued on a de facto basis, it was given formal support at almost...

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