A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 25, 1975

In eight years of reporting on Arab-Israeli diplomacy and violence since the 1967 war, newsmen have become alert to the subtle nuances of Middle East peacemaking. While it was no secret that a new Sinai accord was in the air, TIME correspondents in Washington, Jerusalem and Cairo saw unofficial signs that the talks had reached a critical stage well before any word that Henry Kissinger might be resuming his shuttle diplomacy. "When the two sides — and their American intermediaries — are at odds," explains State Department Correspondent Strobe Talbott, "then official sources...

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