THE MIDDLE EAST: Terrorism Complicates a Mission of Peace

The timing could hardly have been worse—or better, depending upon one's viewpoint. Shortly after Secretary of State Henry Kissinger flew from Washington last week to begin the most crucial Middle East negotiations he has undertaken so far, a small band of seaborne Palestinian commandos in a rubber dinghy landed on the Israeli coast at Tel Aviv. The havoc they caused, in a daring and bloody raid on Israel's biggest city, complicated Kissinger's already difficult chances for bringing about a second-stage disengagement agreement between Israel and Egypt.

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