August 5, 1993
Syria holds the key to Arab peace with Israel. If Syria traded peace for Golan, the rug would be pulled out from those who wish to continue war. Secretary of State Warren Christopher's Middle East shuttle diplomacy is seeking no less than that.While using the same Middle East adviser, Dennis Ross, that his predecessor James A. Baker III brought to the State Department, Mr. Christopher has shunned Mr. Baker's studied detachment. He is not merely bringing the parties together and seeking influence behind the scenes, he is aggressively and publicly involved and putting U.S. proposals forward.
July 27, 1994
With the Washington Declaration, Israel has now made peace with three of its neighbors, Egypt, Palestine and Jordan. That leaves the northern border with Syria and Lebanon, where terrorism remains an irritant but not a threat to the state. The PLO's separate peace led directly to Jordan's, which adds to the pressure on Syria and its Lebanese protectorate to follow.Jordan is an important addition to the circle of peace because the prospects of cooperation between it and Israel flow so naturally from geography.
December 15, 1992
Nowhere is Islamic fundamentalism a greater danger to the U.S. foreign policy that President-elect Clinton will inherit than in Egypt. The peace between Egypt and Israel brokered by the Carter administration in the 1970s remains the cornerstone for all further peace efforts. An overthrow of the moderate and canny regime of Hosni Mubarak from a fundamentalist flank would renounce recognition of Israel and be a disaster for peace.But in Egypt as elsewhere, fundamentalist extremism feeds on economic distress.
November 7, 1995
THEY ALL CAME -- the presidents of the United States and France, the prime ministers of Britain and Russia, the chancellor of Germany, more than 40 world leaders to mourn the murder of Yitzhak Rabin and, by their presence, to pay a remarkable tribute to the modern state of Israel. Yet the most significant visitors by far came not from the big powers but from Arab states hostile to Israel at its founding.President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt was there, walking in the footsteps of his martyred predecessor, Anwar Sadat, who defied the whole Islamic world and endured its ostracism in making peace with Israel.
August 28, 1995
Q: WHAT DOES Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin call it when more of his countrymen have been killed by Palestinian terrorists in the past 23 months than in any 23-month period in Israel's history; when Palestinian attacks are now concentrated inside Israel's pre-1967 borders; when every several weeks a bus filled with Jewish passengers is exploded by a suicide bomber; when even the president of Israel, a steadfast dove, says of his nation's agreement with...
October 27, 1994
JERUSALEM -- On the day Jordanians were told their king was ready to sign a peace treaty with Israel, the Amman newspaper al-Mustakbal asked people what they would do if an Israeli wanted to visit their home."