MIDDLE EAST: Rancorous Road to Peace

So labyrinthine is the route to peace in the Middle East that even allies frequently find themselves colliding along the way. Israel is at odds with the U.S., its closest friend and its only real source of weapons. Washington considers Jerusalem intransigent, while Israelis resent U.S. attempts to pressure them into negotiating with the Arabs, most notably by withholding 50 Phantom jet fighters. The quarrel has become so abrasive that Premier Golda Meir flew to Washington last week in an effort to resolve it directly with President Nixon.

Meanwhile, relations between the Arab lands—never harmonious at...

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