A Sterling Achievement: Middle East Negotiator Philip Charles Habib

The man who pulled together the agreement on the PL.O.'s evacuation of Lebanon, a triumph of delicate diplomacy, worked so secretly and with such an abhorrence of publicity that many of his top colleagues in the Middle East literally did not know how he was faring. For more than eleven weeks, Philip Charles Habib shuttled back and forth across the Middle East, following an itinerary that would have been arduous for a young man, let alone a 62-year-old

official who has suffered four heart attacks and undergone bypass surgery. Habib carried all his medical...

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