It wasn't exactly a breakthrough, but by the standards of the moribund negotiations between Israel and Syria, it was still an important advance. Since 1948 the two countries have officially been at war, but starting in October 1991, they have engaged in off-and-on discussions of making peace. Last week, with the assistance of the U.S., the parties agreed to a common set of principles for the negotiations, which will resume in Washington in late June after a hiatus of six months. Time is running short for a deal since both Israel and the U.S. are heading into election periods, so the...

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