MIDDLE EAST: Hard Week for a Miracle Worker

Henry Kissinger's reputation as the miracle worker of the Middle East underwent perhaps its toughest test last week. The Palestinian attack on Ma'alot and the Israeli reprisal raids on Lebanon (TIME, May 27) had appeared to wreck chances for a disengagement agreement between Syria and Israel. Only a few days after those tragedies, however, the U.S. Secretary of State reported "substantial agreement in form and content" as talks went on. But nailing down that agreement, in a stepped-up round of shuttle flights between Jerusalem and Damascus, proved to be an exhausting and...

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