chapter  12
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Camp David and the War in Lebanon

On 27 October 1973, at Kilometre 101 on the road from Cairoto Suez, an Egyptian and an Israeli officer met under the auspices of the newly arrived United Nations Emergency Force, inaugurating contacts that culminated at Camp David. Appointed Secretary of State on 22 September, Kissinger met Sadat at the Tahra Palace in a Cairo suburb on 7 November and decided that the Egyptian President had staked his policy on the American connection: Russian influence in the Middle East could be lessened; if the United States could balance Arab impatience and Israel’s fears there was a prospect of ‘a peace of moderation’.1