MIDDLE EAST: Prize and Provocation

The Nobel Committee shares the award for bad timing with Begin

Even as the negotiations for a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel appeared to flounder in Washington, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee last week announced in Oslo that this year's award would go jointly to Egypt's Anwar Sadat and Israel's Menachem Begin. Few Western observers would quarrel with the selection of Sadat, whose courageous mission to Jerusalem last November had set the stage for the tumultuous peace drive that followed. But in its attempt at even-handedness in naming Begin to share the honor and the...

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