Middle East Backed into a Tight Corner

Despite rising U.S. pressure, Shamir rejects Shultz's peace plan

Seldom, if ever, was a leader of Israel under so much fire on the eve of an official visit to the U.S. In the West Bank and Gaza Strip, six casualties last week raised the death toll to at least 85, as Palestinians began a fourth month of rioting. At the same time, Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir was being pressed to accept a new U.S. peace plan that would initiate talks this spring with an international conference, settle arrangements for Palestinian self- rule, and begin by December to negotiate a permanent end to the occupation by handing back parts of the...

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