Peace Postponed

As violence escalates, Israeli forces prepare to redeploy, but P.L.O. police are yet to be seen in Gaza

For a few hours, the Palestinian urchins scowling through the 20-ft.-high chain-link fence at Israeli soldiers and policemen held back their rain of stones. In a gesture calculated to show progress toward granting the Palestinians limited autonomy, the Israelis planned to hand the onetime Gaza City beachfront hotel-turned-police barracks over to P.L.O. representatives. Israeli officials had billed the ceremony as the "transfer of a police station," and TV cameras came out in force to record the event. Little matter ( that most of the 50 Israeli police who until recently slept there had already moved into other, more comfortable quarters downtown....

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