DIPLOMACY: From Geneva Up to Geneva Down

Why were these men smiling?

Israeli Premier Menachem Begin was burbling with good humor at the end of his three-day official visit to Washington last week. His talks, he said, had produced a chance to establish "real peace" after "the delay of almost a generation." President Carter seemed almost equally optimistic. "I believe we have laid the groundwork now," he said, "and barring some unforeseen difficulties, that will lead to the Geneva Conference in October." He also suggested that such a conference could well lead to eventual compromise. "We've not found any of...

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