No. 57

28 October 1996

ThePolitical Scene

USspecial envoy Dennis Ross threatened to go home and then changed his mind asnegotiations between Israel and the Palestinians nearedthe three-week mark. French President Jacques Chirac emphasized threepoints during his visit to the region: that Europe has as muchat stake as anyone in the Middle East and should therefore play a greater rolein the peace process; that the basis for peace between Syriaand Israel must be the return of the Golan...