Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin have reached agreement on two of the outstanding points of their peace treaty.
GV INTERIOR Sadat and Begin walk into reception
SV/CU Begin speaking (2 SHOTS)
GV Dignataries applauding
SV/CU Sadat speaking and people listening (6 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPTS: BEGIN: "Now what is happening before our eyes---Now peace, not war is condemned in International conference halls, by official communiques, by various spokesmen. The object of all these negative statements is the peace treaty Egypt and Israel have concluded, signed, ratified and duely brought into effect, and the time will come when others will see the justice of our intentions and our actions."
SADAT: "We have effectively confronted many difficulties in the past. There's no reason why we cannot do the same in the months ahead. A humane and thoughtful approach to the Palestinian problem can perform miracles. Reconciliation between Israel and the Palestinian people is the shortest cut to a new era of peace and happiness. We share a responsibility of set that process in motion. We are not trying to solve the entire question, we are only helping the Palestinian people to take the first step forward."
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Background: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin have reached agreement on two of the outstanding points of their peace treaty. After three days of meetings in Tel Aviv the two leaders said they'd settled the issues of Egyptian oil supplies to Israel and the supervision of Israel's withdrawal from the Sinai desert. However it was apparent disagreements remain on the key questions of Palestinian autonomy and the status of Arab-inhabitated East Jerusalem.
Neither leader would give details of the agreements reached. However President Sadat said they represented a giant step of unparalleled dimensions. At a banquet to mark the end of the talks Prime Minister Begin condemned criticism of the peace moves.
Then President Sadat turned to the Palestinian problem.