MIDDLE EAST: Putting on the Pressure

Arab efforts to push a Palestinian solution make Israel edgy

Even in the euphoria following the historic Camp David agreements last September, everyone knew the hard part was yet to come. While Egyptian-Israeli relations began a new era, the central issue of the Middle East remained unsettled: the fate of the Palestinian people. The Arab states basically favor an independent sovereign state for the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, a home both for Palestinians already living there and for millions now in the diaspora. The Israelis, appalled at the notion...

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