World: Grasping at Levers

West Bank moderates grapple with the peace accords

No group in the Arab world has monitored the Egyptian-Israeli peace talks with more intensity and concern than the 1,139,000 Palestinians who live on the West Bank and in Gaza. That intensity increased last week with word that the Israeli Cabinet intended to "thicken" (augment) the settlements of Israeli nationals in their midst. The news added a further twist to the Palestinian debate over the Camp David accords, which has been almost as tortuous as the negotiation process itself.

The Palestinians reject the peace agreements in principle,...

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