MIDDLE EAST: Talking About the Talks

"What airline did you fly on?" Israeli Premier Golda Meir asked, by way of making small talk. "El Al," answered United Nations Mediator Gunnar Jarring as he met Mrs. Meir and Foreign Minister Abba Eban in Jerusalem. Mrs. Meir beamed proudly. "A safe airline," she said. "No hijacks."

As Jarring's discussions with Israel, Egypt and Jordan resumed last week after a four-month break, angry Arabs protested that Jarring had indeed been hijacked—by the Israelis. Since Egypt and Jordan refuse to deal directly with Israel, Jarring planned to confer with representatives of each...

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