Middle East: A Move Toward Partition

As Gemayel visits the U.S., Begin approves a partialpullout in Lebanon

The timing could not have been less apt. Just as Lebanese President Amin Gemayel arrived in Washington last week, in a desperate bid for U.S. help in rebuilding his shattered country, Israel took a step that could make that task virtually impossible. In a unanimous vote, the Israeli Cabinet approved a partial withdrawal of the country's forces in Lebanon. The pullback, which should be completed by October, could lead to what the U.S. most fears: the de facto partitioning of Lebanon...

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