Waiting for The Holdout

Arab-Israeli friendship won't be permanent or secure without Assad's Syria

For Syria, the new surge of peacemaking in the Middle East is mostly a spectator sport. When the exuberant Israeli-Jordanian summit took place in Washington last week, Syrians gathered in hushed groups to stare at their television sets as Jordan's King Hussein and Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin warmly pledged an end to a state of war and the beginning of an era of cooperation. Following so quickly on the return of Yasser Arafat and officials of his Palestine Liberation Organization to the Gaza Strip and Jericho, last week's handshake confirmed that the mood in the region is shifting strongly toward...

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