Middle East: Time Heals Most Wounds

Time Heals Most Wounds

Syria led the Arab chorus of condemnation when Egypt began peace negotiations with Israel, breaking off diplomatic relations shortly after Anwar Sadat's visit to Jerusalem in 1977, two years before the Egyptian- Israeli peace treaty was signed. And Syria remained the most stubborn holdout until last week, when Damascus and Cairo announced that the two countries would resume relations after a twelve-year hiatus. The restored ties will be celebrated sometime in January at a meeting between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Syrian President Hafez Assad. One possibly helpful result of their detente: a moderation in Syrian opposition to current Middle East...