A Bridge To Peace

Inside President Clinton's last-minute stab at a deal: with the clock ticking, he sets a hard line

He has three weeks left in his presidency. He had to scratch a trip to North Korea that might have cemented his foreign policy legacy; missile talks with Pyongyang weren't yet ripe. So Bill Clinton is making one last Hail Mary shot at a Middle East peace deal.

Two Saturdays ago, he summoned Israeli and Palestinian negotiators to a long table in the Cabinet Room of the White House to receive a carefully calculated ultimatum. The two teams had been sequestered at nearby Bolling Air Force Base the previous week, making some progress in restarting peace talks ruptured by three months...

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