Mideast Peace: Barak Is Hitting The Accelerator

Only a few weeks ago, the Middle East peace process looked dead in the water: Israel's ruling coalition was on the verge of collapse. No solution could be found for squabbling between the Israelis and Palestinians. And most analysts thought Syria's new leader, Bashar al-Assad, would need months, if not years, to gain the power base and credibility to cut a deal his father had resisted for three decades.

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