A Good Maiden Voyage

Warren Christopher's Middle East trip produces more than expected

HE CAME, HE SAW, HE CUT A DEAL. PREVIEWED AS numbingly routine and preliminary, Warren Christopher's first trip to the Middle East as Secretary of State actually succeeded on many levels. On the most important one, he managed to jump-start the Middle East peace process, stalled since December when Israel deported 415 Palestinians suspected of membership in the radical group Hamas.

On Friday, Christopher and Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev, as co- sponsors, announced that they would soon invite the parties to a ninth round of talks in April. Israel and the Arab countries had been eager to resume anyway, but...

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