MIDDLE EAST: Arab Summit: Strength and Splits

"Israel now lives in a state of almost complete siege, surrounded by Arab military and economic power and world support for Arab rights." That kind of remark, which appeared in an editorial in Cairo's daily al Akhbar, could easily have been dismissed as idle rhetoric had it preceded an Arab summit meeting in the past. But last week as 19 Arab leaders arrived in Rabat, Morocco, for a three-day conference, the mood was genuinely one of new-found strength and confidence.

Among other things, the Arab leaders were elated by their diplomatic victory...

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