Today in History: Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Menachem Begin, Jimmy Carter and Anwar Sadat at Camp David, 1978.

Menachem Begin, Jimmy Carter and Anwar Sadat at Camp David, 1978.

President Jimmy Carter speaks at the Egyptian-Israel Peace Accords Signing Ceremony, in the White House on March 26, 1979.

'During the past 30 years, Israel and Egypt have waged war. But for the past 16 months, these same two great nations have waged peace. Today we celebrate a victory, not of a bloody military campaign, but of an inspiring peace campaign. Two leaders who will loom large in the history of nations, President Anwar el-Sadat and Prime Minister Menachem Begin, have conducted this campaign with all the courage, tenacity, brilliance and inspiration of any generals who have ever led men and machines onto the field of battle. At the end of this campaign, the soil of the two lands is not drenched with young blood. The countrysides of both lands are free from the litter and the carnage of a wasteful war. Mothers in Egypt and Israel are not weeping today for their children fallen in senseless battle. The dedication and determination of these two world statesmen have borne fruit. Peace has come to Israel and to Egypt.'

Thanks to WNYC Archivist Andy Lanset


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