THE MIDDLE EAST: GROUNDED SHUTTLE: WHAT WENT WRONG

"Our efforts to be a broker are dead." With that crisp summary, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, at a meeting of congressional leaders last week, admitted the most notable failure in his extraordinary diplomatic career. Kissinger's inability to get Israel and Egypt to accept a second-stage disengagement agreement in the Sinai cast the Middle East once more into a mood of tension. The collapse of the American peace initiative left a reconvening of the Geneva Conference or another round of war as alternatives to Kissinger's step-by-step approach to bilateral negotiations. What...

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