Egyptian Prime Minister Begin’s Arrives for the Mideast Treaty Signing, 26-27 March 1979
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Egyptian Prime Minister Begin’s Arrives for the Mideast Treaty Signing, 26-27 March 1979

February 26, 2020


Mr. Vice
President, Mr. Secretary, members of the
Israeli cabinet, friends, ladies
and gentlemen. Thank you, my dear
friend, Mr. Vice President, for your wonderful words of
greetings on behalf of the President of the United
States and of yourself. [Speaking Hebrew] “This is the
day we hoped for. Let us rejoice in it.” I agree with President
Sadat who said yesterday-at this
very place-that the signing of the peace treaty between
Egypt and Israel is only the beginning. Tomorrow, with God’s help
we shall lay the cornerstone and on it, in the days and
months and years to come, we shall build the
edifice of peace. This is the reason why I
suggested-and President Carter and President Sadat
agreed to-that after the signing ceremony
in Washington, President Sadat and I
will go to our respective capitals, Cairo
and Jerusalem, to sign the versions
in Arabic and Hebrew, so that both the people of
Egypt and of Israel-and all the nations in the Middle
East-could see symbolically that we decided
to make peace, to be friends, to
help each other, to cooperate, and serve as
an example for other nations in the region. This is also the reason
why I am going to suggest, at six o’clock, to
President Sadat, that after the exchange
of the instruments of ratification of the peace
treaty we open the borders of our countries. Let the Egyptians
come to Israel, they will be
received as friends, and let the
Israelis go to Egypt, and they will look at the
pyramids into which their forefathers in the ancient
times invested some labor. And let it be the beginning
of a new era in the Middle East, the cradle of
human civilization. May I express here,
Mr. Vice President, my dear friend, our deep
gratitude to President Carter and to the Secretary
of State for the great efforts they made in order
to reach this day to achieve the great turning
point in the Middle East, the signing of the peace
treaty between Egypt and Israel. Let us pray to Almighty God
that this should be indeed the beginning for
comprehensive peace throughout the Middle East. Thank you.

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