MIDDLE EAST: Egypt's 'Diplomatic Pre-Emptive Strike'

By most rules of diplomatic logic, the assassination of Saudi Arabia's King Faisal and the collapse of U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's latest efforts at shuttle diplomacy (TIME, April 7) should have led to a period of drift in the Middle East and perhaps of rising tensions. Instead, thanks to an unexpected move by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, the next three months might still see some progress toward a second-stage disengagement agreement between Israel and Egypt.

In what some Israeli officials referred to as a "diplomatic pre-emptive strike," Sadat announced that...

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