US President Jimmy Carter and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin Discuss the Egyptian-Israeli Treaty

After the signing of the September 1978 Camp David Accordsfinding agreement and writing the Egyptian-Israeli Treaty remained the most significant objective to be completed.  Begin and the Israelis were willing to withdraw from all of Sinai and remove their settlements there, but remained adamant in refusing to see the evolution of Palestinian self-determination or a Palestinian state in the West Bank. Begin remained worried that the US would push Israel to accept either of the two. This conversation typifies the level of mistrust between Begin and Carter in the three weeks before the Treaty was actually signed. Carter and Egyptian President Sadat, for the good of getting the treaty signed, abandoned their objectives, at least for the time being of achieving a substantive political outcome for the Palestinians. (source)