MIDDLE EAST: Sadat Changes Course

Discouraged over the peace talks, he turns to domestic problems

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat has always displayed a knack for mercurial decisions. He spun full circle last week, confounding friends and enemies alike. With the May 26 target date for an agreement on Palestinian autonomy just around the corner, Sadat abruptly suspended the talks. His reason: Israeli Premier Menachem Begin had said that security in the West Bank and Gaza "must remain exclusively in Israel's hands, and nobody else can interfere." But after a telephone talk with his friend Jimmy Carter, Sadat told...

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