INSIDE THE SUMMIT

IT WAS A SCRIPTLESS MEETING AND ONE THAT BARELY SKIRTED DISASTER. BUT DESPITE THE U.S. MIDWIFERY, THE MIDDLE EAST TALKS MOVED NO ONE

Handshakes, public and private, carried more symbolism than usual during the 36-hour Middle East summit at the White House last week. Each of the leaders taking part in the meeting and most of the millions watching it held in their mind an image of that awe-inspiring 1993 handshake on the South Lawn. Now, however, Yasser Arafat was face to face with Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of a very different Israeli government, and most onlookers hoped the magic of a handshake might cast another spell. In the closing moments outside the White House on Wednesday, Netanyahu grasped Arafat's hand and pumped it,...

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