MIDDLE EAST: Searching for a Second-Stage Deal

"The Arabs cannot make war without the Egyptians, and they cannot make peace without the Palestinians."

That assessment, by a longtime confidant of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's, seemed to describe the complex problem facing U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger last week as he stepped up the tempo of his shuttle diplomacy in quest of a second-stage disengagement agreement.

Egypt is reluctant to go to war again with Israel over the Sinai. Kissinger last week moved from earlier exploratory talks on "ideas and elements" to the more difficult matter of concrete proposals. His task...

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