MIDDLE EAST: Another Hitch in Disengagement

"It has taken eight years for the Israelis to withdraw ten miles. Now they want another five years for another 20 miles. At this rate, it will take them 50 years to get out of Sinai."

That was the rationale offered by one Egyptian spokesman last week for a diplomatic move by Cairo that caught Jerusalem and Washington by surprise. With the latest mandate for the United Nations peace-keeping forces in the Sinai due to expire this week, Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmy announced that Egypt would not agree to extend it unless...

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