Middle East: The Tenth Victim

The Tenth Victim

In the blood-spattered politics of the Middle East, the softest target for terrorists is often the fragile peace process. Last week's brutal gun-and- grenade attack on an excursion bus in Egypt killed nine Israeli tourists but also claimed a tenth victim: a hoped-for meeting between U.S., Egyptian and Israeli officials to try to get stalled talks moving again. The prospect of an imminent get-together was dashed by the raid, which also left 20 Israelis injured.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir promised in a phone call that they would not allow the attack to threaten Israeli-Egyptian relations....

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