Why The Mideast Peace Dividend Remains A Mirage

When Middle East politicians mark the third anniversary of the historic White House handshake by the late Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat on Sept. 13, it will be a wistful ceremony. Despite the hoopla, there's still no Mideast free-trade zone, major projects haven't gotten off the ground, and most of the region's economies are limping along. Euphoria has given way to the realization that the peace dividend is a long way off.

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