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The Michigan Daily-Sunday; Noveriber 20, 1977-Page 7"

One Israeli's

hopesfor peace

Amnon Dankner, 31, married'
and the father of two sons, is an Is-
raeli journalist. He fought as an in-
fantryman in two Middle East wars.
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - When I
heard that Anwar Sadat was really
going to do the unthinkable - come
to Israel - my first thought was,
"Less reserve duty."
Forty days a year on the front line,
away from my family, hoping there
will not be a war- it's not much fun.
So if President Sadat's visit means a
step toward peace, it may, just may,
mean a step toward less military
I FEEL LIKE a father in a mater-
nity ward, nervous, chainsmoking,
hoping nothing will go wrong, that all
will be fine and that something will
develop from this great, great event.
Israelis have always lived with
war. There are people in this country
who don't know what peace is. They
came out of concentration camps and
straight into the furnace of Middle
East war. They have to travel abroad
to get a taste of what peace is.
To us, the Arabs have always been
the great unknown. In school we
learned little about Arab culture,
history and language. The teaching
of the Middle East conflict was
always pessimistic. The prospect of
peace was like the coming of the

AP Pnoto
EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT Anwar Sadat (right) looks at Israel's Prime
Minister Menahem Begin as the two walk from the airfield after Sadat's

The world's reaction

Messiah. If you believed peace was
truly possible, you were considered a
dreamer and a fool.
THUS; SADAT'S visit is important
if only for the fact that at last an Arab.
state is recognizing Israel. Can an
American or a Briton imagine what it
is like living 30 years without your
existence being acknowledged by
your neighbors?
It is like living in an apartment
block where no one will talk to you.
For 30 years you .are ridingyan.
elevator with a dozen grim, silent
men crowded 'round you.
And then one day, one of them
suddenly smiles and invites you fora
drink. You are delighted. You don't
know where the smile will lead, or
how the other men in the elevator will
react. But you feel that something
has begun.
.I feel that President Sadat is that
grim, silent man who suddenly
I HAVE TO admire Prime Minister
Menahem Begin. When he came to
power last May, I was stunned and
dismayed. lie had a reputation for
hawkishness, and all I saw was more
reserve duty stretching ahead, for
the rest of my life.
But he rose to the occasion. He
immediately welcomed Sadat, did
everything to make the visit come
about, carefully refrained from any
strong statements and set no condi-
tions for receiving the Egyptian pres-
ident. I'm proud of his performance.
I think Sadat deserves to be re-
warded for his courage. I personally
would like Israel to make a signifi-
cant concession now - perhaps
withdrawal from part of the Sinai
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Lecture: THE PALESTINIAN STRUGGLE by Dr. alIm Barakat, Prof. of
Social Pschy. at Georgetown Univ., Wash., D.C.
A sober presentation of facts of the Palestinian's struggles of yesterday,
today and tomorrow.
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desert. It is vital to keep the ball
rolling. Sadat's visit must have a
follow-up. He must not be allowed to
leave Israel empty-handed.
WE ARE IN the midst of great
days. I am excited, hopeful, anxious.
I feel like a man holding a lottery;
ticket whose first five numbers he
knows are winners. Now he waits for
the sixth to be announced, in order to
know whether he has hit the jackpot
of peace or lost everything.
I watched television all day Fri-

day. The footage of Sadat's advance
party arriving was screened five
tines, and each time I watchcd and
basked in the pleasure of seeing an
Egyptian airliner land on Israeli soil
and disgorge 60 smiling, hand-
shaking Egyptians.
I could watch it six times more am
still bestirred.
I wish I could watch Sadat's arrival
on television, but that's impossible.
On Saturday, I begin another spell of
reserve duty, far away, where there
are no TV sets.

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By The Associated Press
Libyan envoys burned Egyptian
flagsand Palestinian radicals called
for an all-out attack on Israel in a
wave of Arab fury yesterday as
President Anwar Sadat arrived for
his solitary visit to Jerusalem.
In Jordan, however, the govern-
ment broke its silence on the trip and
appealed to Arabs to "stop pouring
oil on the fire" now that Sadat is in,
IsBut thousands of Egyptian and
Israeli flags fluttered in the streets of
Jerusalem as Israel welcomed an old
foe into the ancient city. For Israelis,
who for 29 years have sought Arab
recognition for the Jewish state, this
was a day of wonder and almost
e+static enthusiasm.
MEANWHILE, rabbis and other
Jewish leaders in the United States
talked yesterday of hope, courage
and peace as Sadat made his prece-
dent-setting visit to Israel.
President Carter said "the. hopes
and prayers of all Americans" are
with Israeli Prime Minister Mena-
hem Begin and Sadat as they meet.
Sadat's 36-hour visit, made in defi-
ance of almost total Arab opposition,
in effect conferred "de facto" Egyp-
tian recognition on Israel, with which
Egypt is still formally in a state of
A DEEPLY religious man, Sadat
had described his effor to break the
"vicious cycle" of Mideast wars and
animosity as a "sacred duty."
He insisted, however, that he was
not coming to make a separate peace
with Israel.
At flag-burning ceremonies in
Washington and in capitals around
the world, Libyan ambassadors de-
clared that Libyan-Egyptian rela-
tions had come to an end the moment
Sadat stepped onto Israeli soil.
"This flag is now flying in Tel Aviv
and has become a symbol of surren-
der and treachery," Libyan Charge
d'Affaires Hassan Sadiq declared as
he burned the joint flag of Egypt,
Libya and Syria in Nicosia, Cyprus.
SYRIA DECLARED an official day
of mourning. At mid-day, all traffic
in Damascus stopped for five min-
utes of silence. Flags were lowered to
half-staff and bells tolled as they do
for the dead, while prayers droned
from minarets of mosques.
The official Iraqi news agency
reported massive anti-Egyptian
demonstrations in Baghdad and oth-
er Iraqi cities.
Palestinian refugees burned por-
traits of Sadat in their camps in
Lebanon, and a mass Palestinian
demonstration in Beirut heard
speeches branding ladat a traitor
and a spy.
COUNTLESS Arab citizens hud-
dled by radios to hear news of the
Egyptian president's arrival in Is-
rael. Some were opposed and some
favored the trip, but all were in-
"I'm speechless. My brain just
cannot function," said Maissa Nas-
sar, aLebanese housewife. Palestin-
ians in Lebanon also gathered to
listen to the news aver Arab radio
stations. In a c fe near the Sabra
refugee camp shouts of "traitor"
erupted from one listening group.
"GO TO Jerusalem tomorrow and
burn Al-Aqsa with your bodies," the
radical Popular Democratic Front
for the Liberation of Palestine said in
the broadcast.
If nothing more, it was a moment
of history, and feeling in Jerusalem
appeared to run higher than at any
time since the lightning Isreali
victory in 1967 that brought the old
walled city of Arab Jerusalem - Al

Quds -under Israeli control.
AN TRRfAFeI.T hnsewife Miki Suss-

ing an aura which can bring peace."
The White House said the'Presi-
dent and his daughter, Amy, watched
the television coverage of Sadat's
arrival in Tel Aviv.
"The arrival of President Sadat in
Israel is an historic occasion,"
Carter said in a statement issued by
the White House press office.

Rogues of
(Continued from Pages)
Maraden was the scene from C n-
greve's Way of the World in which
Mirabel proposes to Mrs. Millamant
and she give him her conditions for
marriage. Pennell suggested that the
theatre lay dormant for several years
following John Gay's The Beggar's Op-
era in 1728, and moved from there to a
-discussion of great roles in drama.
With an Ogden Nash poem about
Polonius. an observation by Fielding's
Partridge in Tom Jones on the nature of
the various roles in Hamlet as they re-
late to English life in the 18th century.
and an interpretation by Pennell of a
speech by Mercutio, the pair presented
scenes and readings of the significance
of individual roles. Here Maraden
made the interesting observation that
Mercutio was so clever that it was
necessary for Shakespeare to kill him
off early in the play. Otherwise Juliet
would have fallen in love with him and
the title of the tragedy would have been
A presentation of child actors was
next, begun with a pointed delivery by
Maraden and Pennell back to back im-
ploring, "Don't Put Your Daughter on
the Stage, Mrs. Worthington." This was
followed by a humorous selection from
Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby about a
prodigious child actress.
FOLLOWING a short intermissior
the evening proceeded with a more seri-
ous discussion of great actors and ac-
tresses. Pennell related anecdotes of
particularly inept actors who wert
drunks, had faulty memories, or wern
prone to become immobilized by fear at
key moments.
A touching scene was Pennell's inter-
pretation of Edmund Keane's last per-

the stage
formance as Hamlet, while Keane was
slowly dying on the stage. At a per-
formance of the great actress Rochelle.
a young Charlotte Bronte sat entranced
in the audience, later to write of the ex-
perience with her customarily mystical
imagery. She described Rochelle as a
star, and Pennell and Maraden
suggested that this was perhaps the,
origin of that terminology.
Mentioning that Henry Irving was the
first actor to be knighted, Pennell ob-
served that the theatre had come a long
way since it had, been regarded as a
showplace for rogues and vagabonds.
He related his own experience in a per-
forma'nce with Dame Edith Evans, in
which novice Pennell concentrated so
hard on perfecting her performance
that Dame Edith was heard to pro-
nounce, "he listened so hard I couldn't
hear myself think."
The evening was rich in nostalgia.
sentimentality, and humor, and a
delight tolanyone enamored of drama
or literature.

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