Middle East: Still Shuttling for a Deal

U.S. Envoy Habib struggles to defuse the missile crisis

The threat and the danger were still there. Syrian SA-6 missiles last week streaked into the sky over the Bekaa Valley to down at least one Israeli reconnaissance drone. Israel and Syria remained at loggerheads over the deployment of the Soviet-made missiles, and there was always the grave risk that one side or the other could miscalculate and ignite the region in conflict. But for the first time since the confrontation began, there was cautious optimism in both Jerusalem and Damascus that U.S. Special...

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