MIDDLE EAST: Beginning the Search for Peace

After four wars and 25 years of hostility, Israel and its Arab neighbors gathered in Geneva last week to search together for a path to peace. It was the first time foreign ministers of the warring countries had ever sat down face to face—and they promptly got into a squabble that delayed for 45 minutes the opening of their conference at the United Nations' Palais des Nations. The problem was the seating arrangements.

Israel had expected the positioning of the six participants to be alphabetical, which meant that its logical place would be...

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