MIDDLE EAST: Searching for a Fig Leaf

Sadat is hoping for an accommodation from the Israelis

There is a very severe difference between us," Anwar Sadat concluded sadly last week after the latest meeting between Israeli 'and Egyptian officials. The renewed effort was indeed a failure, since the two sides remained deadlocked on a variety of issues. But perhaps the most remarkable thing about the meeting was that, coming as it did only two weeks after the Israeli invasion of southern Lebanon, it had taken place at all.

At midweek Israel's Defense Minister Ezer Weizman flew to Cairo for the fifth time since last November. This was the first...

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