Middle East: Piecemeal Peace

Piecemeal Peace

The Middle East is never short of peace plans, only of peace. Last week both the Israeli government and Palestinian groups were engaged in heated internal discussions over the latest proposal for holding elections in the occupied territories. Forwarded by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, the plan loosely parallels an election scheme put forth last April by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir. But Mubarak's version includes some provisions that the Israeli leader has already rejected, including the participation of Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the exchange of land for peace.

West Bank leaders and the Palestine Liberation Organization were debating whether Mubarak's...

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