Volume L – Number 1

Michael Curtis

Abstract: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s visit to Jerusalem in November of 1977 appears to be a hopeful event, signaling the departure from negative Arab behavior towards Israel. For Egypt, a prospective peace with Israel offers the opportunity to pay real attention to their problems at home, instead of focusing on foreign issues. Egypt has experienced riots all across the country due to increased military spending and negligence towards citizens’ needs. No matter the motive for seeking peace with Israel, this is an admirable move by Sadat, and if there is to be longstanding peace in the region, other Arab states should follow. The United States will also have to play a vital role if there is to be peace. The US should act as a mediator between the parties, while being careful not to advocate for any side. Currently, the Carter Administration’s polices have lacked consistency on this issue. They need to develop an intermediary stance, and work with both sides to facilitate peace. However, Carter can only do this if the Arab states agree to work with them as well.

Key Words: Egypt, President Sadat, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Jimmy Carter, Resolution 242

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