Middle East: Israel's Response to Hussein

Israel's Response to Hussein

Three weeks ago, it was King Hussein of Jordan who was grabbing the headlines with a new peace initiative. Last week it was the turn of Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, who, without making any real change in Jerusalem's position, offered a five-point proposal of his own. Hussein's formulation had called for a series of preliminary discussions leading to a direct meeting between Israel and a joint Jordanian-Palestinian delegation under international auspices. Peres prefers to start directly with talks between the Israelis and the Arabs, with the U.S. as the only outside participant.

The State Department cautiously noted that the Peres...

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