Middle East: Pausing at the Summit

Begin and Sadat can smile, but the missile crisis in Lebanon remains

The event was a kind of diplomatic curiosity, a summit that was more of a side show, hastily arranged and with no momentous agenda.

It was, in fact, a meeting that was called not so much to work out major agreements as to satisfy the needs of each of the celebrated participants. Under a blazing Sinai sun and a deep azure sky, Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egypt's President Anwar Sadat met last week for their tenth summit since Sadat made his...

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