THE PEACE OF THE BRAVE

TWO YEARS AFTER THEIR FIRST HISTORIC EMBRACE, ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIANS FINALLY COME TOGETHER ON HOW TO SEPARATE

The table around which they gathered was the same and the two men shaking hands were the same, yet the mood was somehow different. Perhaps it was the diminished ardor of a repeat performance. Or maybe it was the spectacle of Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat actually seeming comfortable with each other. Whatever the reason, even the principals seemed to sense that last Thursday's gathering at the White House paled in comparison with the September 1993 ceremony, when the Israelis and the Palestinians stunned the world by signaling their determination to end the hostilities that had divided them for 45 years....

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