The Israeli Knesset on Tuesday (28 September) overwhelmingly approved the Camp David accords after a debate which lasted 18 hours.
The Israeli Knesset on Tuesday (28 September) overwhelmingly approved the Camp David accords after a debate which lasted 18 hours. The peace proposals attracted inside support from the Labour Opposition, and the result of the vote opens the way for further talks on an agreed peace with Egypt.
SYNOPSIS: The vote cut across party lines, with 84 in favour, 19 against and 17 abstentions. This gives Prime Minister, Mr Menachem begin, authority to resume Jewish settlers from the Sinai Peninsula; a condition which President Anwar Sadat of Egypt required before peace negotiations can be resumed.
The marathon debate was said to be one of the most crucial in Israel's history. It ended with Mr. Begin telling the Knesset that the Camp David accord gives Israel the best chance of peace in 30 years. Reporters talked first to Opposition leader Mr Shimon Peres, and then to Prime Minister Mr. Begin.
As he struggled out through the throng of supporters, Mr Begin said all he wanted was some sleep.