Terrorism: A Hidden Hand in the Breakdown of Peace

A Hidden Hand in the Breakdown of Peace

At least one foreign power is shedding no tears over the faltering Middle East peace process. Last fall, Administration sources tell TIME, Iran called leaders of the terrorist groups HIZBALLAH, HAMAS and PALESTINIAN ISLAMIC JIHAD to Tehran and urged them to coordinate their attacks against Israel in the hope of derailing then promising peace overtures. "They were pulling together their terrorist friends to try to destroy the process," says an Administration official.

The Lebanon-based Hizballah, a long-time Iranian ally, is believed to be acting as intermediary to the Palestinian groups Hamas and P.I.J., which have traditionally had little contact with either...

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