In Israel, more than 40,000 people gave a hero's welcome to Prime Minister Menachem Begin as he returned home after the Camp David summit.
In Israel, more than 40,000 people gave a hero's welcome to Prime Minister Menachem Begin as he returned home after the Camp David summit. In a brief address at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport on Friday (22 September), Mr. Begin said the people of Israel owed a vote of thanks to United States President Jimmy Carter for his dedication at the summit. The Prime Minister also thanked Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for what he called his important contribution to the cause of peace.
SYNOPSIS: Prime Minister Begin descended from the aircraft to a formal tarmac reception. Earlier in the day, he had stopped over briefly in London to brief British Prime Minister James Callaghan on the Camp David talks. But the real welcome came from the enthusiastic crowds at Ben Gurion Airport.
The it was out into the street where thousands of Israelis, who had arrived from all over the country in fleets of buses, were waiting to greet him. It was not adulation all the way. Some had come carrying black umbrellas, a symbol of capitulation recalling former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's sell-out to Adolf Hitler. But the warmest reception came from members of the `Peace Now' movement
In a short address to his supporters, Mr. Begin said the Camp David agreements assured Israeli both security and honour. "I still cannot say that peace has arrived, " the Prime Minister said. "We have reached a vital point and have made important progress towards the goal of peace.
While the Israelis were welcoming Mr. Begin President Sadat was still in Morocco, seeking support for the peace proposals. After discussions with King Hassan in Rabat, Mr. Sadat spoke to waiting newsmen.