MIDDLE EAST: American Triumph and Commitment

On the stroke of 5 last Thursday afternoon, doors parted in the ornate council chamber of Geneva's Palais des Nations, and a four-man Egyptian delegation marched solemnly into the cavernous chamber. Minutes later, from another doorway, appeared three Israeli representatives. Face to face for the first time in 15 months, representatives of the two longtime Middle East antagonists took seats at tables carefully spaced 25 feet apart. Between them, at a third table, sat Finnish General Ensio Siilasvuo, commander of United Nations peace-keeping forces in the Middle East.

No Smiles. The two delegations...

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