World 1977: Enter Sadat: A sacred mission to Israel

Enter Sadat

A "sacred mission" to Israel

At two minutes to 8 on Saturday night—the evening arrival was carefully chosen so as not to violate the Jewish Sabbath—the Egyptian white Boeing 707, its red trim glistening under klieg lights, rolled to a stop at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. Israeli army trumpeters blared out a welcoming fanfare. As thousands of Israelis waved their newly purchased red-white-and-black Egyptian flags, out stepped President Anwar Sadat on a "sacred mission"—to speak directly to the people of Israel about peace.

Sadat was greeted warmly by President Ephraim...

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