A Letter From The Publisher, Sep. 11, 1978

In Washington, Cairo and Jerusalem last week, three leaders brooded about a risky summit meeting that could bring the Middle East a little closer to peace—or set back even further the negotiating process. Yet even as Jimmy Carter, Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin prepared for Camp David, three TIME correspondents made preparations of their own. Their reports, highlighted by an interview with Begin and a background chat with Sadat, provide the key material for this week's cover story.

For Dean Fischer, who took over as TIME'S Jerusalem bureau chief two months ago, the upcoming summit provides a first opportunity to travel with...

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