MIDDLE EAST: A Point of No Return

That Egyptian-Israeli treaty may be just down the road

Once again euphoria reigned as Egyptian and Israeli negotiators, under Washington's careful guidance, pushed ahead on a peace treaty between the two states. Said an optimistic Secretary of State Cyrus Vance late last week: "We have now resolved almost all the substantive issues." While in the U.S. on a fund-raising tour, Israeli Premier Menachem Begin said that "real progress" had been made and that he hoped to sign the treaty "quite soon, with God's help." Even customarily cautious Egyptian diplomats agreed with their Israeli counterparts that "the point of no return"...

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