MIDDLE EAST: Last Chance for Kissinger's Step-by-Step?

Since the October war of 1973, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has made five trips to the Middle East, convinced that his personalized, step-by-step approach to diplomacy will prove more fruitful than the reconvention of a multinational peace conference in Geneva. So far, Kissinger's accomplishments have borne out his beliefs. Warring armies have been pulled apart on the Sinai and the Golan Heights, United Nations peace keepers have been inserted, and some Israeli-occupied territory has been returned to Arab sovereignty.

This week, as Kissinger departed for a scheduled sixth trip to Israel, Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, there were...

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