It may have coaxed a cheer from onlookers, but last week's Rabin/Arafat handclasp was a trifle stiff. That would place it on the chilly end in any ranking of the great modern gestures of reconciliation -- listed here in order of increasing warmheartedness.
1 The Williams/Richards Nonshake -- 1990
Texans never quite forgave G.O.P. gubernatorial wannabe Clayton Williams for snubbing the outstretched hand of opponent Ann Richards at a political luncheon.
2 The Carter/Kennedy Near Miss -- 1980
A reconciliation scene at the Democratic Convention waited until Ted Kennedy ) stiffly took the stage for a loveless handshake and a grim...