A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 10, 1975

"I may be saying things that I would not tell many other people," Saudi Arabia's King Faisal cautioned while discussing the Arab-Israeli conflict with some Americans last week. His audience was flattered, but not for the first time. After leaving Washington on Jan. 17, the 53 U.S. businessmen, journalists and TIME editors and others on TIME'S Middle East news tour found themselves the subjects of earnest attention by the area's Kings, Emirs, Prime Ministers, and Presidents.

The two-week, eleven-nation tour took the Americans 16,300 miles, through a crucial arena of world events. Like the...

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