MIDDLE EAST: Slouching Toward Oslo

Can they accept a peace prize without a peace treaty?

An Israeli official: "We are exhausted.

We have exhausted our capabilities and our maneuvering powers. There is nothing more to discuss."

An Egyptian official: "We are in a holding pattern. America is the controller and must get us safely on the ground before we crash or run out of gas."

An Israeli official: "If the Egyptians do not initial the draft we will settle down and wait. What will the U.S. and Sadat do? Deport us?"

Thus after ten weeks of strenuous haggling, of constant commuting...

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