No. 20

18 May 1998

The Political Scene

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood his ground on redeployment inWashington, and the Clinton administration blinked first. Indeed, Mr. Netanyahu may evenhave upped the ante by seeking to "predetermine" the "direction" ofthe final status talks that were supposed to begin on 11 May (but did not), and he canprobably count on congressional support for any demand he cares to inject into thenegotiations. Nor does he have much to fear in the...