Middle East: Hard-Liners Take Center Stage

Fears of war recede, but the revolt against Arafat spreads

The Middle East remained in a dangerous stalemate last week, and there were few signs as to how it could be broken. Syria's decision to end its four-day-long maneuvers in Lebanon defused some of the military tension, but a war of bellicose rhetoric continued. Arriving in Libya for a meeting with his hard-line colleague Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Syrian President Hafez Assad declared that the U.S.-sponsored agreement for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from Lebanon was "in a state of collapse and death." Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin warned that if...

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