MIDDLE EAST: Pulling Back for Peace

Black spirals of smoke dirtied the blue sky over the Suez Canal last week, and the thud of explosives shattered the desert stillness. They were the tocsins of peace, not war The smoke was from stores being burned by the 40,000-man Israeli force before it withdrew tanks and guns from a bridgehead west of the canal captured last October. The explosions were from the captured or unused ammunition and mines that were being destroyed.

All this activity signaled the beginning of Israeli disengagement from Egyptian territory west of the Suez Canal under the...

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