Man Of The Year: Anatomy of a Bold Action

In a TIME interview, Sadat tells how and why he decided to visit Israel

In Cairo last February, President Sadat told TIME Chief of Correspondents Murray Gart and Cairo Bureau Chief Wilton Wynn that he would not meet with any Israeli leader "as long as there is an Israeli soldier on my land." Reminded of his words in another interview with Gart and Wynn just before Christmas, Sadat was asked to explain why he had changed his mind. He replied at length, and then went on to discuss other major Middle East issues:

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