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WEST ASIA- Will There be a New US Initiative

December 18, 1976 WEST ASIA Will There be a New US Initiative?
Surendra Bhutani THE news that the US president-elect Jimmy Carter will, at least during the early clays of his administration, concentrate on domestic issues has forced Arab leaders to launch a vigorous drive to once again focus US attention on the Arab-Israeli conflict. The Arab leaders were disappointed over the defeat of Gerald Ford. It was not that they regarded Ford in high esteem or that he was more sympathetic to the Arab cause; it was only because the Arab leaders knew and "trusted'' Henry Kissinger. On the other hand they have had virtually no contact with Carter or by of his top foreign policy advisers. The irony sharpens when one recalls the gratuitous support extended by Anwar Sadat to Ford during the US election campaign. Sadat had even pleaded that the new US administration should retain Kissinger to negotiate in West Asia. The Israeli leaders on the other hand have always regarded Kissinger as a "traitor'' to the Zionist cause and no tears are going to be shed in Israel on his departure. The Israelis expect that the victory of Carter means the end of

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