MIDDLE EAST: Heading for a Political Crossing

The Israelis and the Arabs clearly had a bad case of the jitters as they waited for the start of the Middle East peace conference in Geneva this week. Along the Suez and the Golan Heights there was a series of cease-fire violations—none serious, but all potentially dangerous. From the antagonists came threats and hints that they might boycott the talks. At week's end, U.S. officials admitted that the talks might be delayed "a day or two," but expressed confidence they would take place.

Basically, the positions of the Israelis and the Arabs...

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