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Camp David Accords: Twenty-Five Photographs After Twenty-Five Years

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On March 7, 1977, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel was accompanied by his wife, Leah, on a visit with President and Mrs. Carter at the White House. Though Rabin soon was replaced as Prime Minister by Menachem Begin, with whom President Carter negotiated the Camp David Accords, Rabin later returned to power and shared the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize for the 1993 Oslo Accords. Rabin was assassinated in 1995 by an Israeli student dissatisfied with Rabin concessions during the peace process. larger image

Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel

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On April 4, 1977, President Anwar Sadat and his wife, Jehan, were welcomed to the White House by President and Mrs. Carter. Sadat was assassinated in 1981 by Islamic fundamentalists dissatisfied with Sadat concessions during the peace process. larger image

Pres. Anwar Sadat and his wife Jean

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On July 19, 1977, new Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and President Carter meet photographers at the White House. larger image

Pres. Carter and Prime Minister Begin

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First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Mrs. Aliza Begin attend a reception on July 19, 1977. larger image

Mrs. Carter and Mrs. Begin

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President Carter (shown here with President Sadat) first visited Egypt very briefly on January 4, 1978, as part of a multi-nation tour. larger image

Pres. Carter and Pres. Sadat

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During February, 1978, President and Mrs. Sadat visited the President and Mrs. Carter at the White House and Camp David. President Carter used the trip to Camp David as an opportunity for relaxation with daughter Amy and her friend, Ada Gastayer. larger image

Pres. and Mrs. Sadat visited Pres. and Mrs. Carter at White House

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Presidents Carter and Sadat at the Camp David summit, September 5-17, 1978. larger image

Pres. Carter and Sadat at Summit

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The First Lady greets Prime Minister Begin at Camp David. larger image

Mrs. Carter and Mrs. Begin

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Prime Minister Begin and President Sadat at the door of President Carter’s cabin at Camp David. larger image

Mrs. Carter and Mrs. Begin

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First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Mrs. Aliza Begin at Camp David. (At the last moment Mrs. Jehan Sadat was unable to attend.) larger image

Mrs. Carter and Mrs. Begin

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President and Mrs. Carter relax at Camp David. larger image

President and Mrs. Carter

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Prime Minister Begin engages National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski on the chess board. larger image

Prime Minister Begin and Zbigniew Brzezinski

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During the tense days at Camp David, the principals escaped to the site of the Civil War battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where all could consider the high cost of war. larger image

At Civil War battle at Gettysburg, Pa.

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Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski were among the handful of aides that each nation was able to billet at Camp David. larger image

Cyrus Vance and Brzezinski

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Vice President Walter Mondale shuttled between Washington and Camp David filling in for the President in the nation’s capital while also participating in the peace talks. larger image

Vice Pres. Mondale

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A rare cordial meeting at Camp David of President Sadat and Prime Minister Begin and their aides. larger image

Pres. Sadat and Prime Minister Begin

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Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich accompanied by pianist daughter Elena presents a concert at the White House attended by the First Lady and Mrs. Begin on Sunday, September 17, 1978, as final negotiations occur at Camp David. larger image

Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich

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A scene from the historic signing of the Camp David Accords on Sunday evening, September 17, 1978, in the East Room of the White House. larger image

A scene from signing

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President Carter, Vice President Mondale, and Speaker of the House of Representatives Tip O’Neill applaud Prime Minister Begin and President Sadat on September 18, 1978, as President Carter announces the Camp David results to a joint session of Congress. larger image

Mrs. Carter and Mrs. Begin

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President and Mrs. Carter traveled to Egypt and Israel in March, 1979, to complete negotiation of the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty. One roadside T-shirt captured the spirit. larger image

Pres. and Mrs. Carter

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President and Mrs. Carter were joined at the Pyramids and the Sphinx by President and Mrs. Sadat. larger image

Pres. and Mrs. Carter and Pres. and Mrs. Sadat

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President and Mrs. Carter and Prime Minister and Mrs. Begin toast a successful quest for peace. larger image

Pres. Carter and Prime Minister Begin

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Vice President Walter Mondale and an enthusiastic crowd of approximately one thousand people welcome President Carter back from his history-making trip to Egypt and Israel. larger image

Vice Pres. Mondale and crowd

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A triumphant moment on March 26, 1979, for Prime Minister Begin and Presidents Carter and Sadat with their First Ladies. larger image

Prime Minister Begin and Presidents Carter and Sadat with First Ladies

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On March 26, 1979, on the North Grounds of the White House, Presidents Carter and Sadat and Prime Minister Begin joined hands in celebration of the signing of the “Treaty of Peace Between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the State of Israel.” (This is among the most requested photographs in the holdings of the Carter Library.) larger image

Pres. Carter, Sadat and Begin join hands
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