Middle East: A Ray of Hope

Talks proceed in Cairo

The expectant mood may prove to be unwarranted as it has so often in the past, but last week for the first time in months, both the Israelis and the Egyptians were talking as if they really meant to reach an agreement on Palestinian autonomy by April 26, the deadline under the Camp David agreements for Israeli withdrawal from the rest of the Sinai.

In a planning session for next week's ministerial meetings in Cairo, the Israelis proposed that the negotiators concentrate on a single issue: the nature of...

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