Book Review: Camp David revisited

A biased and clichéd account of the momentous 1978 meeting between Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter.

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November 6, 2014 14:24
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Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin

Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin. (photo credit: US LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/WIKIMEDIA)

Rosalynn Carter sat with Egyptian president Anwar Sadat on the patio after a dinner party.

It was halfway through the 13-day Camp David meeting and things were on the rocks. “I’ve given so much and ‘that man’ acts as though I have done nothing... I have given up all the past to start anew but ‘that man’ will not let go of the past,” said the Egyptian to president Carter’s wife. “That man” was Menachem Begin, the Israeli prime minister. In retrospect it may seem that while Israel has moved on from its period of war with Egypt; the Egyptian people still express a deep antipathy toward Israel.

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