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Peace Now Answers Sadat

Leaders of the Peace Now movement have drafted a letter to President Anwar Sadat of Egypt making it clear that while they believe the Israeli government must be more forthcoming in its peace positions, they are opposed to peace terms dictated by Egypt.

The letter was prompted by a speech by Sadat Sunday in which he praised the Peace Now movement, apparently misinterpreting their differences with the government of Premier Menachem Begin as tacit support for Egypt’s positions. The letter expresses appreciation for Sadat’s “historic contribution to peace” but calls on him to return to the negotiating table with patience and readiness for mutual compromise.

The problem now is how to dispatch the letter to the head of a state still technically at war with Israel. The movement has asked Attorney General Aharon Barak how to overcome that problem.