MIDDLE EAST: Offensive for Peace, Warning of War

Arabs talked of peace and hailed 1977 as the year for a Middle East settlement. Israelis warned of war as they watched Syrian peace-keeping forces in Lebanon inch closer to the country's southern border. Both sides in the Middle East conflict seemed sincere enough last week in their expressions of hope and fear. But it was also clear that both were engaged in a certain amount of posturing—aimed not so much at each other as at the incoming Administration in Washington.

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat spearheaded the Arab peace initiative. Convinced that...

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