MIDDLE EAST: Firing for Position and Advantage

Perhaps because it lacked the goading presence of U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the Middle East last week appeared to have regressed to the familiar old no war—no peace stalemate. Day after noisy day on the Golan Heights, Syrian and Israeli gunners fought artillery duels. In Jerusalem, Premier Golda Meir hurled a few verbal shells at both Syria and the Palestinians. In interviews with Time Inc. Editor in Chief Hedley Donovan (see box below and on page 40), both Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Mrs. Meir displayed a measure of perhaps ritualistic truculence.

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