The World: Those Catchy Code Words

Few entries in the bulging lexicon of international diplomacy are so freighted with emotion and precise, almost lapidary meaning as the code words and phrases dealing with the Arab-Israeli dispute. As Jimmy Carter has learned, a slip in the use of the Middle East's special shorthand can cause rumblings round the world. Some key terms:

Resolution 242 Adopted by the U.N. Security Council in 1967, it acknowledges "the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every state in the area and their right to live in peace." Israelis say this amounts to Arab recognition of Israel's right to exist.

Defensible Borders Jerusalem's term...

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