chapter  7
67 Pages

"Peace is at Hand" — Almost

WithMelvin A. Friedlander

Both Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin waged intense struggles to obtain popular acceptance and parliamentary approval of the Camp David Accords. When Sadat returned to Cairo, huge crowds filled the streets, proclaiming their leader a "hero of peace." Sadat's speech to the People's Assembly presenting and defending the terms of the accords met with heckling and grumbling from representatives of both urban and rural constituencies who feared isolation from the Arab world. King Hussein expected Sadat and Carter to extract concessions from Israel that would benefit Jordan without his own direct involvement. Carter told Dayan that Sadat wanted to link resolution of the Palestinian question with the implementation of the bilateral treaty between Egypt and Israel, which the two sides would negotiate at Blair House in Washington. Two issues— Israel's energy supply and the cost of replacing its bases in the Sinai—would prove among the most difficult to resolve at Blair House.