The Peace Breakdown

The White House plays a risky game at Camp David--and loses. Yet peace hopes stay alive

The 15 days at Camp David took on an odd life of their own. Dozens of golf carts zipped from cabin to cabin at the northern Maryland presidential retreat, with Israeli and Palestinian officials scrunched in them haggling with one another and dodging chipmunks darting across their paths. There were negotiations across tables, but just as much work got done over pinball machines at Hickory Lodge. With talks held practically round the clock, diplomats began to mark time by hours instead of days. And with clouds dumping rain almost every day, the Middle East guests--accustomed to dryer climates--complained that they were...

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