14 July 1997
The Political Scene
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected Infrastructure Minister ArielSharon's attempt to muscle in on the peace process via the Finance Ministry and hasconfirmed Foreign Minister David Levy's authority in the negotiations with thePalestinians. King Fahd of Saudi Arabia's expansion of the Kingdom's consultative councilcontains elements that are, in the Saudi context, modestly progressive. The UAE isreluctant to attend the MENA...