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Sadat Empty of Peace Ideas, Eban Says

President Anwar Sadat’s assumption of the Premiership of Egypt after ousting Premier Aziz Sidky was viewed in some Israeli circles today as a move to concentrate power in himself so that he can have greater freedom of action, political and otherwise. Foreign Minister Abba Eban reportedly told visiting Italian Foreign Minister Giuseppe Medici that Sadat’s bellicose speech before the Arab Socialist Union in Cairo Monday was a clear indication that the Egyptian leader has no new peace ideas to offer.

Israeli observers said Sadat’s future actions are not predictable but did not rule out the possibility that he wanted to enter into a dialogue with the U.S. from a position of personal strength and freedom of action.

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