Middle East: Bombs, Passions and Farewells

Israel returns the Sinai to Egypt, and hits the P.L.O. in Lebanon

After months of second thoughts and soul searching, the Israelis withdrew from the last third of the Sinai Peninsula last week and restored it to Egyptian control, thereby ending 15 years of Israeli occupation. The withdrawal effectively concluded the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, whose undisputed accomplishment had been to end the state of hostilities between Israel and Egypt.

Yet even as Israeli soldiers were bulldozing the remains of Jewish settlements in the Sinai and removing the last defiant occupants, Israel sent...

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