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Middle East Mission: The Story of a Major Bid for Peace in the Time of Nasser and Ben-Gurion
Middle East Mission: The Story of a Major Bid for Peace in the Time of Nasser and Ben-Gurion
By Elmore Jackson
Norton, 1983, 128 pp.

In 1955 the director of the Quaker office at the U.N. undertook, at Cairo's suggestion, an exploratory mission to encourage negotiations for a settlement between Egypt and Israel. Many years later he now adds a chapter to the history of the times by describing the circumstances of this experiment in unofficial shuttle diplomacy. The enterprise probably had no real chance of success in that year of fedayeen raids, Israeli reprisals, and deteriorating U.S.-Egyptian relations, but Jackson points to some might-have-beens and draws several positive lessons from the episode.