America Abroad: How to Move the Immovable

How to Move the Immovable

Yitzhak Shamir personifies intransigence. Wherever he goes, even if it is just to his office in Jerusalem, he is attended by low expectations for Arab- Israeli diplomacy. Still, his visit to Washington next week could advance the cause of peace if his encounters with the American President, Congress and the Jewish community reinforce the message he has been getting back home: something has to give on the occupied territories.

Shamir believes that Israel has a historic birthright to the lands it seized from Jordan in the 1967 War. After 21 years of Israeli rule and settlements in the West Bank, Palestinian...

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