MIDDLE EAST: A Bold New Plan for Peace

UNTIL last week, virtually no progress had been made toward peace between Israel and its Arab neighbors since the end of the Six-Day War in June 1967. Then, in what King Hussein described as a "historical pronouncement," Jordan's plucky ruler outlined a bold, ambitious plan that could conceivably normalize relations between his country and Israel—with potentially far-reaching consequences for the entire Middle East.

In a speech at Basman Palace in Amman, Hussein addressed 500 of his subjects, including representatives of the Israeli-occupied West Bank of the Jordan River. The King proposed the...

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