The Political Interest: Taking Issue with Jesse

Taking Issue with Jesse

If Jesse Helms and Bill Clinton agree on anything, it is that Syria can't be trusted. The President won't say so publicly. The incoming chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says it all the time. Despite their shared skepticism, Clinton and Helms view the future differently. In concert with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Clinton is pushing an Israeli-Syrian peace treaty. Like Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, Helms dismisses the process as a "fraud." Syria, says Netanyahu, wants Israelis "resting in peace, not living in peace."

As the negotiations stretch on, the key obstacle remains Syria's demand that Israel return...

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