Middle East: The King Says, Not Yet

Hussein demands Israeli concessions and the P.L.O. 's support

He is sometimes described by tabloid newspaper writers as "the plucky little King," but he is known to old Middle East hands as an accomplished tactician who has managed to hold on to the precarious throne of Jordan for the past 30 years. Last week King Hussein went to Washington for what the U.S. hoped would be a significant and perhaps historic meeting with President Reagan. There was a possibility that Hussein would announce, while still in Washington, that he was ready at last to join the Middle East peace negotiations that...

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