MIDDLE EAST: Talking Face to Face Again

Guarded optimism, hurt feelings and "black propaganda "

It was an unlikely setting for a Middle East peace conference. Leeds Castle, a moat-surrounded medieval fortress, is set like a crown jewel in the placid English countryside southeast of London. Henry VIII once lived there with Anne Boleyn, his second wife, before love soured and he had her beheaded. Last week the Foreign Ministers of Egypt and Israel sat down at Leeds Castle to try to weave together what was left of the frayed threads of the Middle East peace initiative. The two days of talks between Israel's Moshe Dayan and...

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