After the peace treaty signing in Washington, the three national leaders involved have been looking ahead to the next developments.
SV: guests at State dinner at White House, Washington.
CU: President Carter.
SCU: President Anwar Sadat and wife.
SCU: President Carter speaking.
SCU: President Sadat speaking and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and President Carter listening, audience applauds. (9 shots)
SV: President Sadat signing autograph for U.S. Congressman.
SV: Begin addressing Congressmen
CARTER: "Tonight, we commemorate not an end, but a beginning. For a treaty between Egypt and Israel is but the first step along a long, and a rough, a narrow and a very difficult road. We hope that the Palestinians, and others, will soon join us in our efforts to make this treaty the cornerstone of a comprehensive peace, a true and a lasting peace, a just peace for the entire Middle East. I welcome and invite those who have so far held back, for whatever motive they might honour, to join us in the future. The way is long, and the way is hard, but peace is the way."
SADAT: "Within a few weeks, we will be entering into negotiations with the goal of establishing a self-governing authority with full autonomy on the West Bank and Gaza. The success of these negotiations will depend largely on the ability of all parties to rise to the level of events, and demonstrate their good faith. Above all, it depends on an active American role. President Carter has promised me to spare no effort to ensure the coronation of our efforts. I have full confidence in him. He has been a wonderful partner, and a courageous statesman."
BEGIN: "I have an appeal to make. Sometimes there are doubts and questions. Don't doubt us; don't doubt our intentions; don't doubt our resolve to live in peace with all our neighbours, and to solve in a humane way the problem of the Palestinian Arabs. Don't doubt it. Only what you should know, my dear friends, is that the world's security, as far as Israel is concerned, is life itself."
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Background: After the peace treaty signing in Washington, the three national leaders involved have been looking ahead to the next developments. President Carter told a State dinner at the White House on Monday (26 March) he wanted the treaty to be the cornerstone for a comprehensive treaty for the region. President Anwar Sadat of Egypt said he looked forward to forthcoming negotiations to establish self-government on the West Bank of the Jordan and Gaza. The following day (27 March). Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin told Congressmen there should be no doubt that Israel wanted a humane way to solve the problem for Palestinian Arabs.
SYNOPSIS: After the signing the mood at the State dinner was buoyant.
The leaders appeared contented with their efforts. And Mr. Carter spoke:
On Tuesday (27 March), Mr. Sadat and Mr. Begin made separate appearances before members of the Senate and House of Representatives. Both sought support in coming talks on the Palestinian problem.
Here's Mr. Begin: