THE MIDDLE EAST: Gradual Steps Toward a Settlement

Achieving a peace settlement in the Middle East has begun to resemble the allegorical journey of a thousand miles:

impossible to accomplish in one big step, attainable only through many small ones. That at least seems to describe Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's strategy of "gradualism," which he began pursuing after last year's October war. It has included ceasefires, face-to-face Israeli-Arab meetings, and partial withdrawal of Israeli forces occupying Sinai and the Golan Heights. This week, in the wake of Kissinger's sixth postwar visit to the area, comes another crucial moment....

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