A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 17, 1977

Reporting from the U.N. for this week's cover story on U.S.-Israeli relations was a new experience for TIME Bureau Chief Wilton Wynn, who normally operates out of Cairo. His past assignments have included interviewing the late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia for TIME'S 1975 Man of the Year cover, and six months later joining Egyptian President Anwar Sadat aboard the first ship to pass through the reopened Suez Canal.

But Wynn quickly felt at home in Manhattan. Just before Jimmy Carter's speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Wynn spotted two old friends from...

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