MIDDLE EAST: After the Vance Mission: Signs of Hope

"Henry Kissinger was Henry Kissinger and Cyrus Vance is Cyrus Vance. They don't have to be the same. We like them both." Thus spoke the grand old lady of Israeli politics, former Premier Golda Meir, after meeting with the new Secretary of State during the first stop of his first foreign mission. Her conclusion was shared by just about everyone who met the lanky, soft-spoken Vance along the route of his six-day, six-nation swing (not to be called a shuttle) through the Middle East last week.

He lacked the dazzle of his flamboyant...

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