EGYPT: No Doubts About Who's in Charge

The remarkable jet shuttle between Aswan and Jerusalem that Secretary of State Henry Kissinger employed to achieve an Egyptian-Israeli disengagement agreement was distinctively different at either end. At the Israeli terminus, Kissinger often had to await a consensus on issues in the talks among the members of Premier Golda Meir's Cabinet. On the Egyptian end, in contrast, he essentially dealt only with President Anwar Sadat. The Egyptian President has so improved his stature since taking uncertain control of the government on the death of Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1970 that he was able to accept...

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