MIDDLE EAST: Wrong Signal, Wrong Time

Jerusalem's answer on the West Bank further dims peace prospects

After almost two months of standing in the wings, the Middle East is back on the diplomatic stage again. When he visits Jerusalem this week for Israel's 30th anniversary celebrations, Vice President Walter Mondale will talk with Israeli leaders about how to get the stalled peace negotiations moving once more. After that, he plans to fly on to Alexandria for a meeting with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.

Depending on how Mondale fares, Washington hopes to arrange a July meeting in Europe, probably in...

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