MIDDLE EAST: Elevator Diplomacy Stalls

Sadat halts autonomy talks as the violence grows

After yet another round of negotiations on Palestinian autonomy in the Tel Aviv suburb of Herzlia, U.S. Special Middle East Ambassador Sol Linowitz flew to Cairo late last week to commiserate with Anwar Sadat. The Egyptian President greeted his "good friend Sol" in an uncharacteristically morose mood. Later that evening came the reason, and the shocker: Sadat requested an indefinite postponement of the talks, which were supposed to produce an autonomy agreement by May 26.

After exhibiting patient optimism over the past three months, when...

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