Bridging the Divide

Plans for an Israel-Jordan summit in Washington herald another step toward peace in the region

Before hustling off to talk health care in Pennsylvania last Friday, Bill Clinton upstaged a previously scheduled press conference by his Secretary of State to make this announcement himself: Jordan's King Hussein and Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin will meet for a summit in Washington next Monday, complete with a White House dinner and speeches before a joint session of Congress.

Though Hussein and Rabin have already met each other in secret at least five times, and their countries have for two decades quietly shared everything from water to intelligence about terrorists, this was a major step on the tortured road...

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