MIDDLE EAST: Gasoline by an Open Fire

"The hot stage of the battle with Israel has begun," Egypt's President Anwar Sadat told university professors in Cairo last week. Sadat, preparing to leave on his second trip to the Soviet Union since he became President a year ago, wanted to remind the world that Egypt had friends in Moscow who would help him keep the stage very well heated indeed.

It certainly seemed that way when the two sides met in the Kremlin. Sadat and his entourage were greeted with Soviet-style bear hugs and busses from Party Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, Premier Aleksei...

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