No. 11

17 March 1997

The Political Scene

The Palestinians have reacted to the present crisis in theirnegotiations with Israel by refusing the Israelis' unilateral offer to redeploy,suspending contacts with Israel and inviting international representatives to a meeting inGaza, an invitation which Washington accepted with surprising alacrity. The Americans'decision might be construed as an attempt to redress the balance after the US vetoed aSecurity Council resolution critical of...