World: The Missile Impasse

WHILE Jordan's civil war set off a new and dangerous explosion in the Middle East last week, the primary fuse was still burning away ominously. As the 90-day cease-fire worked out between Israel and Egypt in August passed its halfway mark, chances of any resulting settlement were becoming increasingly slim. Israeli Premier Golda Meir, after conferring in Washington with President Nixon, again ruled out negotiations with the other side until Egypt agreed to "roll back" the Soviet missiles that were installed in the standstill zone along the Suez in violation of truce terms. Egyptian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Riad angrily declared that...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!