THE MIDDLE EAST: News Across the Border

If hell ever freezes over, an inquiring reporter will probably be the first to go out to see if the ice is thick enough to walk on. Last week a young Cairo journalist, the first Egyptian lawfully to penetrate what has long been the world's hottest border, was back home safe and telling his story.

Ibrahim Izzat, a 29-year-old magazine writer, was arguing about Israel at a London party last April when an Israeli diplomat walked up and asked: "What do you know about it? You've never been there."

"True," answered Izzat, "but I...

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