MIDDLE EAST: Cooling It in Egypt and Israel

But "linkage"remains the key point at issue between them

It was not only Christmas Day but also his 60th birthday, and Egypt's President Anwar Sadat was in an expansive mood as he addressed his countrymen on television. True, he castigated Israeli Premier Menachem Begin for seeking to create "a greater Israel extending from the Euphrates to the Nile." But he also voiced confidence that the Middle East would not revert to the "no-war, no-peace stalemate" of recent years, and he assured, "Peace will come, sooner or later."

Sadat spoke only hours after last week's...

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