Conversation between US President Jimmy Carter and Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan in the Billiard Room at Camp David

On the final day of the Camp David negotiations, President Carter tells Foreign Minister Dayan that “Sadat’s compassion for Jerusalem is very strong; he is willing to be flexible about the settlements if Israel will be flexible with regard to Jerusalem.” Dayan responds, “We are here in Camp David in the midst of negotiations and are willing to make peace with Egypt only to be confronted with the US positions.” Carter had promised Sadat to include the US position that East Jerusalem was occupied territory and had apparently planned to raise the issue once an agreement was well within sight. Although the signing of the Camp David accords later that evening marks an unprecedented diplomatic achievement, several outstanding issues relating to Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Palestinian self-rule remain until today. (sources)