No. 12

23 March 1998

The Political Scene

British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook brought the EU's initiative to restore momentumto the Palestinian track of the peace process to the region, and the result was a flamingrow with Israel over settlements. In the course of his visit Mr. Cook let it be knowntwice that the US is on the point of going public with its own proposals for breaking thedeadlock. He also visited Damascus and Beirut, where he appears to have concluded thatIsrael's...