Diplomacy: The Saudis Seize the Day

Off the mark early, Riyadh suggests uniting the West Bank and Gaza into a Greater Jordan -- but without King Hussein

Time is short. The gulf war forged new alliances, shattered old ideas and forced a reconsideration of dug-in positions, giving peace at least a slim chance in the Middle East. But the new climate may not last much longer than a desert rainstorm; old habits, ways of thinking and alignments could quickly reassert themselves. So, to use a much overworked but appropriate metaphor, all parties interested in an Arab-Israeli peace process must scramble through the window of opportunity before it bangs shut.

That is a large part of the message Secretary of State James Baker is carrying on a swing through...

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