Safran, Nadav
October 1974
Foreign Affairs;Oct74, Vol. 53 Issue 1, p45
This article focuses on the United States' engagements in the Middle East. The United States in particular has taken the lead in trying to promote an Arab-Israeli settlement, and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has twice treated the world to breathtaking experiments in diplomacy, shuttling between half a dozen capitals to sustain two "campaigns" of negotiations of hitherto unprecedented intensity. The campaigns have produced two disengagement accords between Israel and Egypt, then between Israel and Syria. On the surface, these agreements seem to be utterly disproportionate to the immense effort invested in reaching them. They seem to deal essentially with temporary measures to establish an effective ceasefire and not with the tough central issues of peace, such as permanent boundaries, security provisions, the fate of the Palestinians, the future of Jerusalem. But there is a price to be paid for these achievements and prospects which the American people may not be aware of. The disengagement process in the Middle East has been accompanied by a process of engagement of American responsibility, which bids fair to increase with every important step forward toward a comprehensive settlement.


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