Deep in talks to form the new government that he has promised would bring Israel greater security and real peace, Prime Minister-elect Benjamin Netanyahu found himself yesterday facing a set of tough challenges from the Arab world.
Five Israeli soldiers were killed and eight wounded in southern Lebanon, hours after Palestinian attackers sprayed machine-gun fire at an Israeli family riding in their car in Israel. The young parents were killed; their 9-month-old son was found screaming but unhurt in the back seat.
Both events followed a decision by the heads of 20 Arab states to gather for a summit in Cairo in 10 days to search for a common front following the May 29th election of Netanyahu -- the first time in six years that the Arab world has been able to agree even to meet.
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