For Clinton, whirlwind tour helped seal cease-fire

Posted: November 25, 2012 at 4:06 a.m.

As Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton headed to the Middle East last Tuesday, news reports from Cairo advertised that an agreement was at hand. A quick round of calls by an aide on the plane to U.S. diplomats in Egypt and Israel made clear that the excitement was premature : Formidable differences remained.

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Front Section, Pages 12 on 11/25/2012