Middle East: Talking Under the Gun

As Israel pounds Beirut, Habib inches toward a possible settlement

The optimism was guarded, the outcome far from certain. After one of the bloodiest weeks since the Israeli siege of Beirut began nearly two months ago, there were hopeful signs late last week that a diplomatic solution to the Lebanese crisis might yet be found. The quest for peace was being led by U.S. Special Middle East Envoy Philip Habib, who shuttled to Jerusalem and Beirut after a tour of Arab capitals and talks with Jordan's King Hussein in London. Said a top...

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