Middle East: Time For a Decision

Arafat and Hussein try for a meeting of minds

Sometimes allies, sometimes foes, always rivals, the Middle East's two most seasoned survivors were locked in a pas de deux whose final act could decide not only their own political futures but the prospects for a broader peace in the volatile and troubled region. After six months of adroit maneuvering to explore their options and bolster their respective positions, climaxing in a surge of diplomatic activity last week, Jordan's King Hussein and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat met in Amman over the weekend...

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