Hopes for a successful conclusion to the negotiations for a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel have reached an all-time high.
Hopes for a successful conclusion to the negotiations for a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel have reached an all-time high. It was announced on Monday (March 5) that President Carter would go to Cairo and Jerusalem in the hope of seeing a successful end to the negotiations that began at Camp David in the United States.
SYNOPSIS: The progress was reported to have stemmed from the latest round of talks in Washington between Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and President Carter. Proposals to break the deadlock in negotiations were reported to have been suggested by the Untied States. The Israeli Knesset, or Parliament agreed to the recommendations, but Israeli officials in Jerusalem were quick to point out that the Knesset had agreed to proposals that came from Mr. Begin, and not the U.S. No details of the proposals have been released, but Israeli officials accompanying Mr Begin in Washington described them as significant and important.
While the Washington talks were going on, President Sadat was meeting with United States Ambassador Hermann Eilts at President Sadat's resthouse at Giza near the pyramids. Ambassador Eilts told him of the progress that had been made at the Washington talks. The main problem which had deadlocked the talks was believed to be Israel's persistent refusal to link the possible peace treaty with implementation of Palestinian self-rule on the West Bank of the River Jordan.
On Monday, it was expected President Sadat would make an announcement on progress. Instead, Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil spoke for the Egyptians. Later, Mr Begin spoke in Washington.