Middle East: Pursuing an Elusive Peace

Some fences are being mended and some alliances are shifting

Though almost everything else about Middle East diplomacy appears to be in flux, one lodestar remains fixed: April 26, the day on which Israel, under terms of the Camp David accords, is scheduled to return the final third of the Sinai Peninsula to Egyptian control. The Israeli withdrawal is vital to the Camp David peace process, to the Egyptian government of President Hosni Mubarak and to the maintenance of peace in the Middle East.

With so much at stake, U.S. Secretary of State Alexander...

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