NO. 43


The Political Scene

The Gulf states, Jordan and Lebanon have all followed Syria's lead in backingthe American proposals for a peace conference, and most of them have acceptedthe idea of lifting the boycott of Israel in exchange for a halt to theconstruction of settlements in the occupied territories as well (which Israelimmediately rejected). The Israelis, as might have been expected, are playingfor time, making optimistic noises for international consumption while...