MIDDLE EAST: The Morning After Ismailia

Self-rule v. self-determination for the West Bank and Gaza

Whether by inadvertence or design, Jimmy Carter last week almost threw the Middle East peace drive into an icy spin. In a conversation with news correspondents on a nationwide television hookup, Carter declared that Israeli Premier Menachem Begin had taken "a long step forward" by offering self-rule to the Palestinians on the West Bank of the Jordan River and the Gaza Strip; only a week earlier he had told Begin in Washington that many of his proposals had not gone far enough. Then,...

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