MIDDLE EAST: New Friends Upset a Special Relation

In his personal search for a new Middle East peace formula, President Carter has met with former Israeli Premier Yitzhak Rabin, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Jordan's King Hussein and, last week in Geneva, Syria's President Hafez Assad. Carter's diplomatic approach, reinforced by heavy doses of his down-home charm, has drawn mixed reviews. The Arabs love it. The Israelis are almost as suspicious of Carter as they were of Henry Kissinger.

Carter's meeting with Assad last week was euphoric. Unlike Hussein and Sadat, the Syrian President had turned down Carter's invitation to make...

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