The Uses and Abuses of Ambiguity

Even as the ink was drying on the "Framework for Peace" that was part of the Camp David accords, euphoria over the breakthrough was being tempered by disagreements over precisely what was, and was not, included. The document's strength was also the root of its weakness: the artful use of constructive ambiguity allowed each signatory to proclaim agreement while holding different interpretations of what the words really mean. In some instances, those diverging views are spelled out in letters that accompany the text signed by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Egyptian President Anwar...

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