Here's another, unusual way of looking at Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's historic visit to Israel in November 1977. On his blog, Journal of a UFO Investigator, David Halperin dubs Sadat's visit a "Close Encounter of the Fifth Kind," which he explains to denote when hostile aliens meet to understand each other as fellow-citizens of the universe. (Halperin invented the "fifth kind" category for this purpose, as "fourth kind" is already in use for UFO abductions.)
We're not writing to ridicule Halperin's post, especially when the rest of what he records is so touching and real--his feeling during the historical moment, his memories from Israel at the time, and his views on the events of 1977 in retrospect. To us, it's just another--if unconventional--way to see the events of that fateful November.
Here are our posts on Sadat's visit: first, our official collection of historical documents surrounding the visit on the archives site. Second, our blogged account of Israeli President Katzir's meetings with Sadat. And finally. our post on the visit of Sadat to Israel.
Oh, and here's a link to the trailer for Steven Spielberg's classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind.