Publish Date: March 26, 1979
Cover Story: Peace: Risks and Rewards
How TIME Covered the News: The conflicts of the Middle East have blown hot and cold for decades; generations of statesmen have attempted to broker a lasting peace. An Israel-Egypt pact negotiated by then U.S. President Jimmy Carter has proven to be yet another false dawn.
“By his considerable diplomatic achievement, Carter substantially reduced the risks of future wars in the Middle East and made it possible for Egypt and Israel to enjoy the rewards of peace. In the Middle East, however, even peace has its risks, and they may prove to be substantial. At the very best, a Cairo-Jerusalem accord can only be a first step toward a general reconciliation of Israel with all its Arab neighbors. Central to this reconciliation is a resolution of the Palestinian question”