Middle East Brief Encounters

Shultz gauges the region's mood

Initially, the trip had been planned as a senior statesman's pilgrimage to Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the Holocaust. But by the time U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz arrived in Jerusalem last week, his first visit to the Middle East in nearly two years was freighted with diplomatic responsibilities: assuring Israel, Egypt and Jordan of U.S. interest in reviving the stalled Middle East peace process and soothing Israelis offended by President Reagan's Bitburg visit.

Although Shultz's homage to the Holocaust victims had been scheduled several months ago, it became particularly important after the Bitburg controversy. Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin...

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