MIDDLE EAST: Code Words from an Oracle

The Middle East has its own special catch-22: it is abristle with political code words that sound innocent but mean something else. Jimmy Carter has been tossing out these words with frightening freedom—frightening at least to some of the Middle East leaders and most professional diplomats. As ambiguous as any oracle. Carter has bestowed some of these loaded words on just about every aggrieved party in the Arab-Israeli conflict; but for the moment at least, the Israelis seem to be getting the worst of it. After Carter had announced himself in favor of a Palestinian "homeland," there were widespread...

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