MIDDLE EAST: Four Wise Men

Coping with a single chief of state is enough to make protocol officials nervous. Thus there was more than a little Israeli concern last week when four self-styled "Messengers of Peace"—Senegal's Poet-President Léopold Senghor, Cameroun's President Ahmadou Ahidjo, Nigeria's Chief of State Yakubu Gowon, and the Zaire Republic's President Joseph Mobutu—flew almost simultaneously into Lod International Airport outside Tel Aviv. They had been dispatched by the Organization of African Unity to help bring peace between Arabs and Israelis "by means of a dialogue," as Senghor put it.

Prime Minister Golda Meir gamely...

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