The World: A Quiet Revolution

While the Israelis and Arabs have held the world's attention with their edge-of-the-abyss maneuvers over the past several months, a subtle shift has been taking place in another significant set of Middle East relationships. Largely under the aegis of Assistant Secretary of State Joseph J. Sisco, the U.S. has been moving to repair its badly damaged position in the Arab world. Today U.S.-Arab relations are better than they have been at any time since the Six-Day War of 1967, and as one American diplomat puts it, "Joe is there pulling all the strings."

One indication of the current U.S. effort was President...

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