MIDDLE EAST: Waiting for a Lebanese Godot

So involved has Lebanon's civil war become after 15 months that the latest ceasefire, announced last week, is not even between Lebanese. Rather, Syria and the Palestine Liberation Organization, each battling in support of opposing local forces, agreed to stop fighting. Their agreement was tenuous, especially since it very obviously favored the stronger Syrians.

TIME Jerusalem Bureau Chief Donald Neff, supplementing his contacts in Israel with interviews in Washington, cabled this Middle East estimate:

All the warring parties—the Palestinians, the Arab Moslems and Christians, the Syrians—remain too strong and see the stakes too high...

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