Camp David Accords

The Camp David Accords are a 1978 agreement signed by the Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat. The accords, which were negotiated with the assistance of the then U.S. president Jimmy Carter, provided for the return of the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt and also outlined a framework for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. Subsequently, in March 1979, the two sides formalized this agreement into a peace treaty: the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty. This treaty made Egypt the first Arab state to recognize Israel, and it garnered Begin and Sadat the 1978 Nobel Peace Prize. The agreement presaged a major shift in the national security polices of both Egypt and Israel, and the accords remain a cornerstone of both countries’ foreign policies. ...

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