World: Israel's Secret Contacts

Behind-the-scenes meetings set the stage for Sadat's initiative

The "spirit of Jerusalem" has disappeared; the Peace Initiative launched by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat when he made his historic trip to Jerusalem last November has all but failed. The tragedy is that it very nearly succeeded.

This is one conclusion that can be drawn from a review of the secret diplomacy that took place immediately before Sadat's visit. From its birth in 1948, Israel had always maintained secret contacts with its Arab enemies, largely through Mossad, the intelligence service that operated as a sort of...

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