MIDDLE EAST: An Unpromising Start for Peace

Raids, retaliations and settlements cast a pall over negotiations

The ceremony began in brilliant afternoon sunshine at the U.S. monitoring station in the Sinai desert. First the Egyptian army band and honor guard marched smartly past the assembled officials and journalists. Israeli musicians and soldiers quickly followed. Then each band played for the guests, and played again. And again. And again. By the time an hour had passed, most spectators suspected something had gone wrong, and they were correct: after 17 months of negotiations, the two countries were still haggling over the...

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