MIDDLE EAST: A Year of Debacle?


An Egyptian sniper with a keen eye and an impulse to start a new war could easily have done so last week. Atop a Suez Canal embankment, only 250 yards from peering Egyptian soldiers across the waterway, stood Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan; Major General David Elazar, the new chief of staff; and a cadre of other ranking officers. On an inspection visit to Israel's Bar-Lev Line, Dayan and his commanders seemed to be almost daring the Egyptians to start something. The remarks of various Israeli leaders during the week suggested that too.

"The Arabs would be smart not to...

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