MIDDLE EAST: Good Start for Ambassador Bob

Texas slang and an abrasive style produce a breakthrough

We're just a couple of Jewish diplomats," said Robert Strauss to Henry Kissinger when they met on the veranda of Jerusalem's King David Hotel last week. Strauss was in town on the first official stop of an eight-day tour of the Middle East as President Carter's super-ambassador to the Palestinian-autonomy talks. The former Secretary of State apparently was in Jerusalem on private business—even though his journey was embellished with nearly all the trappings of a state occasion (see box). In fact, Kissinger was quite...

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