The shaky truce of the Middle East is undergoing new strains. Not even the incredible Dr. Kissinger may be able to defuse the situation. The Israeli military remains poised for any eventuality. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat warns that the Middle East is a bomb ready to explode at any moment. Mr. Sadat's Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmy didn't do much to calm jittery nerves with his demand in December that Israel "must freeze its present population and pledge not to increase the number of its immigrants for 50 years." The fuse of the Mideast time bomb burned down a few inches more shortly after the Fahmy disclosure when it was revealed according to an unnamed Arab source, that the Arab states have decided to impose a total embargo on Western Europe and Japan as well as the United States in the event of another war with Israel. The sources said that the decision was reached in October at a secret session of the Arab summit meeting in Rabat, Morocco. The move is designed to increase pressure on the United States to force Israel to give in to Arab territorial demands to prevent Israel from launching a first- strike blitz in a new war and to cripple Israel by cutting off U.S. weapons.
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