Thirty years of Israeli-Egyptian Peace
By Uri Savir
President of the Peres Center for Peace
I shall never forget the moment Anwar Sadat, the late President of Egypt, came down the stairs of an Egyptian airplane in Israel. As I stood there, at Ben-Gurion aiport, I could not believe my eyes. The moment was a dream coming true. President Sadat had just made the most courageous decision in the Middle East's modern history. In his one hour flight he crossed decades of hostility, hatred, war and, bloodshed in order to extend his hand to the late Prime Minister Menachem Begin and the Israeli people.
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March 26, 1979 - On the North Grounds of the White House, Presidents Carter and Sadat and Prime Minister Begin joined hands in celebration of the signing of the "Treaty of Peace Between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the State of Israel."