Middle East: A Precarious Peace

Israel and the P.L.O. agree to a ceasefire, but their dispute remains

All week long, the tension built like a drum roll as the attacks smashed back and forth across the border between Lebanon and Israel.

Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, called the raids the opening round of an all-out "IsraeliPalestinian war." His soldiers seemed positively elated, as if the exchange of Israeli bombing raids over Lebanon and Palestinian rocket attacks on northern Israel signaled a new phase of the hostilities that the guerrillas had long been waiting for.

On Friday,...

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