During the penultimate day of the Camp David negotiations, Israel’s prospects for peace and security with Egypt are at hand. Begin praises Carter for his “work for peace” and acknowledges that several issues are not yet resolved, including Israeli settlements in the Sinai Peninsula. Begin agrees to submit the question of Sinai settlements to a vote in the Israeli parliament. Begin refuses to give Egyptian President Anwar Sadat any say on the future of other settlements, remarking at one point that the West Bank “is not his business.” Further, despite Begin’s denial, Carter insists publicly from the day after the accords were signed throughout his post-presidency that Begin had promised to freeze settlements for five years. The dispute on the settlements mars the diplomatic success of the Camp David Accords and adds tension to the already fraught Carter-Begin relationship. (sources)
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