Great Expectations

By pushing to speed up peace talks, Yitzhak Rabin has left Washington smiling but the Palestinians scrambling to forge a counterproposal

Now that the cold war is over, one can sometimes hear diplomats gently rue its passing: communism was terrible, but at least you knew where you stood. Yitzhak Rabin's first days as Israel's Prime Minister have put Arabs and Palestinians in a similar bind. He has yanked open the door to serious negotiations against which they had been pushing, only to find them in a tangled heap on the floor, their muscles stiff and unprepared for a vigorous pas de deux.

Can the parties figure out how to dance together now that Rabin has raised great expectations? Secretary of State James...

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