Israel Shamir Molds a Peace Plan

But he offers no real concessions to Palestinians

Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir has an image problem. Ever since Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasser Arafat enticed the U.S. into a dialogue in December, Israel has been on the diplomatic defensive. With Shamir scheduled to visit Washington in March, he is eager to counter with some move of his own, and he has been signaling that he will arrive with an imaginative peace plan in his hip pocket. Meantime, he has been raising expectations by doling out hints about his forthcoming initiative.

Last week Shamir said that the Israeli army would withdraw from "several urban centers" in the occupied West Bank...

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