An Illustrated History of Coming to Grips

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...

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