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Egyptian President Sadat Indicates Willingness to Speak at Knesset (1977)

A speech given by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat before the People's Assembly on 9 November 1977. While most of the speech was devoted to domestic policy, it is mostly known for the section dealing with foreign policy, and specifically Israel. After citing his peace initiatives of 1971 and 1973 and lauding the 1973 War as a landmark of Arab solidarity and resistance to Israel, Sadat committed to the Geneva Process as a means to end the Israeli occupation and realize the rights of Palestinians, and expressed a willingness to speak at the Knesset in order to promote negotiations. Subsequently, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin extended Sadat an official invitation to travel to Israel, and on 20 November he indeed gave a speech before the Israeli parliament. Sadat's visit to Israel is considered a landmark in the process leading to the 1978 Camp David Accords and the 1979 Israel-Egypt peace treaty.