Middle East: Rate of Exchange

In the Middle East the direct approach is not always the most successful one. Last week a complicated three-way swap of prisoners took place among Israel, Syria and Egypt. Shlomo Samueloff, a Hebrew University physiology professor, and Saleh Muallem, a travel agent, had been held in Damascus since their TWA jet was hijacked on Aug. 29. They were exchanged for 13 Syrians held by the Israelis, including two pilots who had accidentally flown their Syrian Air Force MIG-17s into Israel 16 months ago. In an emotional scene at Lydda airport, Premier Golda...

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