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26-DEC-1988/2 JAN1989

The Middle East Situation

Faced with growing international support for a Middle East peace conferenceand the US decision to talk directly to the PLO, Israel's Likud and Laborparties have overcome their differences and formed another coalition government.The new coalition, unlikE the previous one, is not a marriage of equals, andLikud's gains in the November elections are reflected in its monopoly offoreign policy decision making, which means that very...