Middle East Destined for a Dogfight

Peres and Shamir head for a showdown over a peace conference

Israel's national unity government appeared to work smoothly enough in its first 31 months. But by last week its two leaders, Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, seemed increasingly destined to tangle in a bitter clash of wills. The reason: Peres wants Israel to cooperate with Jordan, the U.S. and probably Egypt in the convening of an international peace conference on the Middle East, but Shamir is dead set against the idea. When Peres left on a trip to Western Europe to pursue the plan, Shamir declared testily, "I hope he fails." Last week the Prime Minister made...

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