A Letter From The Publisher, Nov. 28, 1977

Anticipating that any major news developments in the Middle East would revolve around the leaders of Egypt and Israel, TIME Picture Editor John Durniak last July commissioned Photographer David Hume Kennerly to shoot a portfolio of pictures of both President Anwar Sadat and Premier Menachem Begin. Durniak's prescience paid off. Our cover story this week on the Egyptian President and his mission to Jerusalem is enhanced by four pages of Kennerly's intimate color photographs of Sadat and his Israeli host.

Kennerly spent two months in the Middle East photographing the leaders at home and at work. As official White House photographer during...

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