MIDDLE EAST: Progress at Kilometer 3152

"Compared to the debates at the Security Council in New York," declared Israel's Foreign Minister Abba Eban, "this was a relatively civilized exchange of views." The Egyptian delegates seemed no less enthusiastic than Eban. "We have made our way," said a government spokesman, "through a minefield of difficulties."

The subject of this unaccustomed agreement between Israelis and Arabs was the Geneva peace conference, which was off to an auspicious beginning, even though the Syrians had not yet agreed to join the negotiations. For the first time since the founding of the state of...

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