MIDDLE EAST: Open Borders

A promising start at El Arish

AJ thousands of Egyptian bystanders cried "Shalom, shalom," three Israeli warships, proudly flying the Star of David flag, last week made a peaceful passage through the Suez Canal. When the 600-ton landing craft Achziv, Ashdod and Ashkelon passed Ismailia, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, in an admiral's white summer dress uniform, stood on the balcony of his holiday villa to salute them. Coming as it did only days after Israel returned the Sinai town of El Arish to Egyptian authority, the trip symbolized the determination of the two...

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