Middle East: Seeking Safety in Numbers

Arafat seems to say no to Hussein—and to Reagan

"This is a unique moment, which I must be seized before it is lost." Those were the words of State Department Spokesman John Hughes last week, as he called again upon Israel and the Arab states to join in peace negotiations proposed by President Reagan last September to settle the destiny of 1.3 million Palestinians who live in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. King Hussein of Jordan had indicated his willingness to consider joining the peace process, but only if he had the backing of the Palestine Liberation...

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